Bowens, a 6-foot-2 205-pound athlete, was impressed by a lot of what he heard and saw during his unofficial visit to Chapel Hill on Saturday.
"I really like what they're trying to do with the program," said Bowens. "They mainly talked about academics [while I was up there] – I really liked that."
In addition to the Tar Heels and Gamecocks, Bowens is fielding interest from Clemson, East Carolina, and N.C. State.
Bowens said he has yet to hear from his favorite school – Miami.
"I like what they've done in the past years," said Bowens. "I like the chemistry of the program – like how close the alumni is [with the program]."
Bowens' fondness of "the U" might actually work in North Carolina's favor.
"[Butch Davis] talked about [his days as Miami's head coach]," said Bowens. "We talked about all the players that have come out of [Miami] when he was there – Sean Taylor, Roscoe Parrish, Clinton Portis, [and] Willis McGahee."
Outside of growing up a fan of the Hurricanes, Bowens isn't favoring any schools. However, he hopes to have his college decision out of the way before the start of his senior season.
Bowens' athletic ability is allowing him to be recruited for a wide range of positions, including wide receiver, strong safety, and linebacker.
For Garner head coach Nelson Smith, Bowens will see a return to running back for his senior season, but remains an integral part of Garner's secondary.
"He really came on strong for us last year," said Smith. "He was a running back, [during his sophomore year] we moved him to defense; he played strong safety for us.
"He really got around the football – especially during our playoff run. He really makes some good hits [and] he has great speed. He has good height, but right now he weighs 205 [pounds]. In the future I can see him weighing 230-240, because he has the frame to hold it."
Depending on how much weight he's able to gain once in college, Smith could see Bowens playing either outside linebacker or strong safety at the next level.
Bowens would like to follow in the footsteps of his favorite player, Sean Taylor, and become a hard hitting safety in college.
The summer camping circuit will play a major role in determining Bowens' potential future position. He plans to attend "as many camps as he can" over the summer, but the only definite destination is North Carolina.