Bowman Is a Difference Maker

Anson (Wadesboro, NC) 3-star speedster Michael Bowman is thought to be one of the biggest steals in South Carolina's 2007 recruiting class. What the 5'11, 165 pound Bowman lacks in size, he more than makes up for with his speed and explosiveness on the football field. The versatile playmaker, who committed to the Gamecocks last summer, hopes to make an early impact once he arrives in Columbia.

Bowman said it was his relationship with the USC coaches and the possibility for early playing time that led him to commit to the Gamecocks last June.

"It was really the coaches. They seemed like they were really into me," said Bowman. "They told me that there's a great possibility that I could come in and get early playing time. It's all about work ethic, and if I come down there and work hard, they said there's a possibility that I could see the field my first year."

Bowman, who has been clocked at 4.4 seconds in the forty yard dash, will start out at slot receiver for the Gamecocks, and he will also have the opportunity to challenge for kick return duties next season.

"They want me to start out at receiver. They said they'll probably play me a little bit in the slot. The coaches also asked me a little bit about returns since I did that in high school, and they're going to give me a look when I get down there"

When asked to describe himself as a player, Bowman said he is a difference maker on the football field.

"I'm very explosive. I'm quick, and I can change a game in an instant. I'm definitely an explosive player."

Coach Jody Grooms, who coached Bowman at Anson High School, echoed those sentiments.

"He just has the ability to change the outcome of a game on any snap and any play," said Grooms. "He has outstanding vision and very good elusiveness in the open field. He's got that extra gear, and when he hits it, it's extremely difficult to catch him from behind. The kid is just an explosive football player."

After coaching Bowman throughout his high school career, Grooms believes that Bowman played an instrumental role in helping to turn the Anson football program around.

"He was a freshman when I first took this job, and he is one of the main reasons why we were able to get this program back on the right track and get it steered in the right direction. The senior class that he's a part of has won more games than any other senior class in school history, and he was a key factor in us being able to do that."

The versatile Bowman played tailback, wide receiver, and wingback in the Anson offense this season, and according to Grooms, he is just a player that every coach would like to have on their team.

"South Carolina likes his explosiveness, and he's going to get an opportunity to play receiver when he goes down there. He may get an opportunity to play some running back, and he may get an opportunity to play in the secondary. When they recruited Michael, I think they just saw a kid that wasn't afraid to have the ball in his hands in critical parts of the game, and he wasn't afraid to step up and make a play when a play needs to be made. Some kids will shy away from that in tough times, but Michael never did. I think South Carolina saw that he was the type of kid who could go in and have a positive impact and just give them another playmaking threat."

Bowman, who plans to arrive at USC in June, said that other schools have stopped recruiting him, and he is still firm in his commitment to the Gamecocks.

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