Alvin Bowen, RB/FB/OLB,6-2, 200, 4.5 Montclair HS
Every so often a player gets over looked by the gurus but rarely do they get overlooked by division one coaches. Alvin Bowen is like that. He has received little attention from the gurus but major attention from division one coaches throughout the east. Alvin is a 6-2, 200 pound RB/FB/OLB with 4.5 speed. He recently transferred out of Clifford Scott HS to play for Montclair this year and while not many of the gurus have heard of him, college coaches are paying big time attention to him even this early on in recruiting season. Alvin has received early interest from Virginia, Virginia Tech, Miami, North Carolina State, Ohio State, Illinois, Michigan, Notre Dame, Rutgers, Maryland, Syracuse and others. And it isn't just letters of interest that Alvin has received, several of these schools have sent representatives to Montclair to talk to Alvin including UVA, Maryland, Syracuse and Michigan.
Last year at Clifford Scott Alvin was used mainly as a blocking back at fullback. Still he managed to average almost 10 yards per carry as he gained 287 yards in 30 attempts including a stunning performance against Millburn when it was decided to see what Alvin could do when you cut him loose as a running back. What he did was a lot. In that game Alvin gained 159 yards on 10 carries and 2 touchdowns. That's over 15 yards a pop.
However, it is on defense where Alvin projects in division 1A. Last year he had close to 60 tackles, 8 sacks, 10 tackles for losses while he jarred loose 6 fumbles and batted down 4 passes against the opposition. All that spells "intense" and that is what Alvin is. "I never give up. I do what I do to get the job done. I'll climb over mountains and swim over oceans if I have to."
Last year that intensity got All Essex and All Northern Hills conference honors for Alvin and more honors are expected this coming season.
This summer he plans to camp at UVA whom he calls a favorite along with Virginia Tech, Maryland, Purdue and Notre Dame. He'll be looking for a school with good academics, good academic support and an special kind of attitude. "I like people who are down to earth," he notes.
Although he'll have to sit out a few games due to the transfer this young man should become one of the more interesting recruiting stories in Jersey this year.
Mike Fasano: MikeFasano@comcast.net