South Carolina Receiver Attends Pitt Game

Greenville (SC) receiver Joe Bowens helped his team to a 20-7 win over Berea on Saturday night. A little more than 12 hours later, he was at Heinz Field for Pitt's game against Rutgers.

Joe Bowens isn't sure if he is going to get an offer from Pitt, but it's definitely a school the 6-4, 195-pound receiver wanted to get a look at. Bowens plays receiver and tight end for Greenville (SC), where he has 36 receptions for 400 yards and two touchdowns this year.

"They haven't really given me an offer," Bowens said of Pitt. "They are going to take a look at my film. They have my grades, so I'm just waiting to see what they say."

Though he was just there for Saturday, Bowens had a lot to say about his experience.

"The whole experience was great," Bowens said. "It was my first experience in Pittsburgh, and I wouldn't want it any other way. I felt at home the whole time. I felt welcome; part of the team."

Bowens enjoyed getting a chance to be on the field prior to the game, but when some of the fans saw a receiver from SEC country in the stands, they made him feel even more at home.

"The fans at one point were telling me I need to come there, and (Pitt) should be the choice," Bowens said. "It made it all the more fun. Any time there was a big offensive play, they said, 'That could be you.' Playing at Heinz Field, playing in front of a city who takes football as religion--that takes it as seriously as I do--that would be the best thing that could happen to me."

In addition to his receiving yards, Bowens said that he leads his team in knockdowns and pancakes. He also has a blocked field goal and a blocked punt this season. Watching Pitt's offensive weapons such as Dion Lewis, Ray Graham and Jon Baldwin, he was able to relate to some of the things they did on Saturday.

"I have two or three (knockdowns) from my receiver position," Bowens said. "The running backs, they all find me, and say, ‘I'm running behind you.

"After the game, I went up to the locker room, where I got to meet Dion Lewis, Ray Graham and Tino Sunseri. They were real accepting people. Jonathan Baldwin played amazing. I never saw anyone jump and catch the ball like that. When he had the touchdown catch, everyone around me said, ‘It's a receiving school, the history, you see that it is what it is. It was great."


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