Bowman Blown Away by Game Day

People can say what they want about college football fans, but each time Penn State hosts a recruit, the fans always come up as a positive. Young prospects always remember the commitment the fans show to each school that they visit. The Nittany Lion faithful left a lasting impression on this weekend's visitor as well. four-star linebacker Navorro Bowman arrived at University Park at 3 p.m. Friday and the first thing he noticed were the fans and the hospitality of everyone around.

“The Football Eve thing was great,” Bowman said. “The hospitality I was shown was unbelievable.”

Bowman was hosted by another native son of Maryland (and local fan favorite): Derrick Williams.

“Derrick and I were friends before he went to Penn State,” he said. “We had a chance to catch up on old times and talk about things. He showed me around and we had a lot of fun together.”

The 6-foot-1, 218-pounds, Suitland, Md., native admits the game-day atmosphere was the highlight of his journey.

“Game day was unbelievable, I’m not used to seeing that,” he said. “Their fans are 100 percent committed to football.”

As impressed as he was with the game-day atmosphere, Bowman was especially impressed with Penn State’s win over South Florida.

“I got to ride on the bus with the team and it was great, the team was pumped, I was pumped,” he said. “It was their first game and their first win. I was really watching how the Maryland guys were doing. Afterward we got to go out to dinner and we hung out with some of the guys on the team.”

Bowman received a lot of attention from the Penn State coaching staff.

“I talked with the coaches a few times each day,” he said. “I think I met them all, but I spent a lot of time talking to my position coach [Ron Vanderlinden] and Coach [Joe] Paterno.”

When asked if the visit exceeded his expectations, Bowman had a glowing response.

“With all the game-day stuff, it wasn’t what I was expecting,” he said. “That blew me away.”

Bowman admits liked what he saw, but will still try to take some more visits before announcing his college choice.


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