Penn State fans ought to be familiar with 2018 Texas quarterback Alan Bowman.
His father, Kirk, played for the Nittany Lions in the early 1980s. As a tight end in 1982, he caught a pair of TD passes in a win over Nebraska that helped propel PSU to a national title. And he had one of the great nicknames in PSU history: "Stone Hands."
The younger Bowman is still waiting for his first scholarship offer. But the 6-foot-2, 198-pounder is definitely interested in his dad’s alma mater.
"I'm planning on visiting Happy Valley July 17 for a camp," Bowman said. “I would like to see the new coaches and get a feeling of where they see me at PSU.”
That’s because at the moment, he is not certain how high the Lions are on him.
"Last season before the (assistant) coaching change, Penn State was really recruiting me hard,” Bowman said. “I went up for a game and Coach (James) Franklin came to us personally twice during the visit just to talk to us. However, since the new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach (Joe Moorhead) got there, we haven't heard anything from the staff. The camp visit is to see where I stand with the staff."
Bowman’s family ties to the Nittany Lion stretch beyond his father.
"My grandfather also went to Penn State, not just my father, so it's a long line of Bowmans going to PSU," he reported.
Does that mean he would like follow in their footsteps?
"I could see myself going to Penn State, but I am open right now in my recruitment,” he said.
Bowman said Arkansas, SMU, Oklahoma, Missouri and Northwestern are recruiting him the hardest at the moment. As the process unfolds, his dad is doing his best to remain neutral.
"He is letting me decide on where I want to go,” the younger Bowman said. “Of course he would like to see me at Penn State, but he also wants me go to the school that fits me best."