Adarius Bowman, who is an avid basketball fan, will be switching his former collegiate interests this weekend. Bowman grew up a Kentucky fan, North Carolina's opponent on Saturday.
"Oh, I'm pulling for Carolina. I'm looking forward to watching the game," Bowman said after being asked who he was going to be pulling for this weekend. "I've been watching those (UNC) games. Those guys are crazy."
Bowman also plays basketball for Notre Dame High School and is averaging 17 points and 10 rebounds, and his team is 5-1.
Bowman was also named "Mr. Football" in the State of Tennessee for the second consecutive year, "I just found out today and it was pretty exciting." Bowman said on Monday.
He is also still being recruited hard by other schools, despite his verbal commitment to UNC. Tennessee head coach Phil Fulmer and another Tennessee coach visited in the Bowman home recently.
"He talked about how I could help the Tennessee program. He also said that I should consider going to University of Tennessee because it is my home state," Bowman said. "He also wanted to know if I had changed my mind about going to UNC."
Fortunately for UNC fans, the visit didn't sway Bowman. "I pretty much listened to what he had to say. I told him no, I haven't changed my mind."
On the strength of his commitment to UNC, Bowman said, "Yes, I'd say strongly committed."
Assistant coaches Jim Webster and Gunter Brewer are recruiting Bowman, and Brewer was in Chattanooga to talk to Bowman about his upcoming visit to Chapel Hill.
On a note of caution, Bowman did say he may still visit South Carolina, and mentioned the possibility of setting up a visit to Tennessee, but has not firmed up any plans there at this point.
At this point, however, Bowman appears to be sticking by his verbal commitment to UNC. Stay tuned.