Linebacker Bowman Makes Impact On and Off Field

Top Maryland prospect Navorro Bowman will visit Happy Valley for the South Florida game this weekend. He brings a resume that includes strong performances in the game of football and the game of life.

Let the official visits begin.

Navorro Bowman, a 6-foot-2, 218-pound four-star linebacker from Suitland High in Forestville, Md. will take his official visit to Penn State this weekend when the Nittany Lions open the season against South Florida. The initial question on everyone's mind: does Bowman plan to commit to Penn State during his visit? The answer: no.

“I plan on taking all of my official visits,” Bowman said.

The Nittany Lions are in a group of seven schools Bowman is considering, but Virginia Tech (Nov. 4) is the only other one to which he has a visit scheduled to date. All of the schools are recruiting Bowman as a linebacker, primarily for his versatility and athleticism.

“I do a little bit of everything,” Bowman said. “I think that's what colleges like. I fly around and play aggressive for the whole game. I'm not a normal linebacker.”

Off the football field, Bowman is heavily involved with the Boys and Girls Club of District Heights. Growing up in the District Heights area, Bowman frequently visited the Boys and Girls Club. Now, Bowman gives back to the community in which he was raised.

“I grew up there and I still go down there,” Bowman said. “[The Boys and Girls Club] uses me as an example and I let everyone know where I came from. The Boys and Girls Club still supports me and I won't forget that.”

Specifically, Bowman speaks to the young members at the Boys and Girls Club about staying on the right track in life. He talks about his own life and his successes that have allowed him to receive scholarship offers from some of the premiere college football programs in the nation.

“At the end of the basketball season I went back there and gave a little speech and I really loved it,” Bowman said. “I love speaking out to the community. It was like my first time speaking in front of a large group of people.”

When asked if he feels comfortable speaking in front of a large audience, Bowman said it does not bother him.

“As long as you're speaking from your heart, it's no problem,” he said.

It is from the heart that Bowman tells the children at the Boys and Girls Club that hard work is the key to succeeding both on the football field and in life. Bowman tells his audience that he created his own opportunities with the help of a tight-knit family as well as his own determination.

“I told them that you have to keep working throughout life and nobody is going to give you anything,” Bowman said. “I will always remember where I came from. I won't be forgotten and neither will they.”

Bowman also spends a lot of time with his 13-year-old nephew, Lorenzo Steele-Bowman.

“He helped me in football in stuff and teaches me techniques,” Lorenzo said. “He taught me like when I go for a sweep not to cross my legs when I get the toss from the quarterback.”

Lorenzo, who already claims he wants to play college football at Miami, is Bowman's biggest supporter and toughest critic. According to him, why will Bowman be a dominating linebacker in college?

“Because I think he's got skills and he can do it,” Lorenzo said. “He is Navorro.”

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