Rutgers Offers LB Bowen

The transition to 2015 recruiting was kind for Barnegat (N.J.) junior linebacker Manny Bowen. Bowen added a Rutgers offer Friday night to put his total at four in the last two weeks.

National Signing Day has passed as schools immediately shift their attention to the class of 2015. With the focus now on identifying talent at the junior level, Barnegat's (N.J.) Manny Bowen has become a quick beneficiary.

The 2015 linebacker added his first offer from Kansas at the start of the month, and is now up to four after Rutgers came through Friday night.

"It's an honor to get it," Bowen said. "I know Rutgers has a lot of history. They're a really good school, especially this year they're moving up to the Big Ten. Their football program is good, and I'm honored to get an offer from Rutgers with them being such a good school."

Bowen learned of his offer from Barnegat head coach Rob Davis. Davis spoke with new Rutgers defensive coordinator Joe Rossi, who passed on the information of a scholarship offer from the Scarlet Knights.

Bowen is not as familiar with Rutgers as teammates Sam Madden and Cinjun Erskine. He is eager to learn, he said, and could visit this spring for a junior day.

"I don't really know them," Bowen said. "I've met them, but I don't know them very well. I'm sure I'll get to know them more through time and everything. Coach Davis told me they were going to come see me this spring."

Rutgers offered Madden, a 2015 teammate of Bowen's, during the summer and had Erskine at its camp the year prior.

"It's a really good school right here in New Jersey and two of my teammates are being highly recruited by them," Bowen said. "It wouldn't be a bad choice. I could see a lot working out there. It's a school with a lot of opportunity for us."

Bowen picked up Old Dominion and Virginia Tech offers in the last week as well.

"This has been amazing," Bowen said. "It makes me really happy that all of the work I've been doing is starting to pay off. All of the improvements I've been able to make are really paying off right now. I couldn't be happier with everything with how much this means for my future."

The 6-foot-2, 200-pound outside linebacker had a strong junior campaign with 68 tackles and 15 TFLs for 10-2 Barnegat. He credits improvements in the classroom, however, as the reason for increased interest from colleges.

"My biggest thing was coming to Barnegat," Bowen said. "It's a great school. Our coach is amazing. He works us so hard to get us where we need to be. I thank him so much. I'm keeping my grades up, and improving academically. That's a big improvement I made this year."

Bowen has no visit plans set in stone for the spring, but is eying a junior day visit to Boston College.

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