"Penn State offered me a while ago," Harrison said. "It was back in February. And to be honest with you, I tried to keep an open mind. But I just realized it was the best place for me both academically and athletically. I put a lot into the decision and I wanted to wait until July and August. But I was there for the Blue and White game and I just got this feeling about Penn State. I also had offers from Virginia, NC State and others."
While Harrison tried to keep an open mind, Bowman had known for a while that he wanted to play for Joe Paterno and the Nittany Lions. "I have kind of known for a while," Bowman said. "They offered me a scholarship at the end of March at their Junior Day. I wanted to tell them in person. I grew up close to Penn State and I am very familiar with the program. They have a great atmosphere and I love the coaches. So I committed to them before the Blue and White game on Saturday."
Harrison has the versatility to play guard or tackle at Penn State. He is 6-5 and 295 pounds. He is also a standout at defensive tackle. Bowman looks like a tackle all the way. He stands 6-6 and 310 pounds.
"We mainly run the wing-T," Bowman explained. "I am overpowering, understand angles and use leverage. I think I can adjust to a passing game very well. I am a smart player and can pick things up quickly."
Harrison has been a two-way starter for three consecutive seasons. Last season as a junior, he recorded 70 pancake blocks, 72 tackles, 21 tackles for a loss and 5 sacks.
"It doesn't matter if I play guard or tackle," Harrison said. "I just want to help the team. Out there on the field I am just quick, aggressive and relentless."
Both prospects are strong in the weight room, each bench pressing 340 pounds.