Bowens Names Top Two

South Carolina landed several top players out of the Tar Heel State in the 2007 recruiting class, and Head Coach Steve Spurrier and staff are hoping to have similar success in the 2008 recruiting year. The Gamecocks already lead for Garner (NC) star athlete Tony Morgan, but his teammate, linebacker Reggie Bowens, is another elite prospect to watch in North Carolina this year.

Bowens, who measures in at a solid 6'2 and 210 pounds, missed half of his junior season with injury, but that has not stopped a few major schools from extending offers his way.

"Everything's going fine recruiting-wise," said Bowens. "I'm hearing from a couple of nice schools. South Carolina, ECU, and UNC have offered me right now."

On top of his three early offers, Clemson and NC State are also showing strong interest in the Garner standout. While recruiting is just beginning to heat up for Bowens, he says that two programs currently sit atop his list.

"UNC and South Carolina are my top two. I think both of them have really good programs."

The defensive playmaker, who runs a 4.5 second forty yard dash, shared what he likes about each of his two favorite schools:

North Carolina - "They've invited me to a couple basketball games to view the campus and see how it is up there. I got to see the atmosphere and all. It was nice."

South Carolina - "I took a visit down to South Carolina earlier in the season. I really liked what they have going on down there with their program. They have great coaches and everything."

One factor working in USC's favor is that the Gamecocks signed Bowens' friend and teammate Chris Culliver in the 2007 class, and Culliver has told him a lot about the South Carolina program.

"He's told me a lot about them. He said he really likes things down there, and that he'll be comfortable there. He thinks I might have a good chance of going down there too."

Bowens also acknowledged that he and highly touted teammate Tony Morgan are considering playing their college ball together.

"Yeah, that's something we're interested in, playing together. We just want to see what schools it comes down to that we both get recruited by and which schools we like the most."

Bowens will join Morgan at USC this weekend for South Carolina's junior day, which will feature several of the top 2008 prospects around the southeast, and he said he's looking forward to his time in Columbia.

"I'm going to their junior day this weekend. I'm looking forward to viewing the campus and meeting the coaches and stuff. It should be fun."

When asked to describe what all he brings to the football field, Bowens replied that he is a clutch performer and is fun to watch when he puts on the pads.

"As a player, I'm a crunch time player. I'm an exciting player to watch. I just make plays."

Bowens, who is being recruited by Coach Brad Lawing for the Gamecocks, shared a few key factors that he is looking for in a school, and while his teammate Morgan is in no hurry to make an announcement, Bowens could have a decision by the end of the summer.

"I'm looking at the coaching style, the academics of the school, and how they recruit me. Those are the main things. I'll probably have a decision by the end of the summer."

Bowens, who will play both strong safety and running back for Garner in the fall, closed by sharing a few goals he has set for his senior season.

"In my senior season I want to get 100 tackles, 1,000 yards rushing, and I want to win a state championship."

Stay tuned to for all the latest on this 2008 defensive standout.

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