Bowens pulls the trigger

The Gamecocks landed a huge commitment on Thursday evening from Garner (NC) 3-star linebacker Reggie Bowens, who is considered one of the most athletic linebacker prospects in the southeast. caught up with Bowens shortly after his commitment, and he talked about his decision to commit to South Carolina. Read inside for all the details.

The 6'2", 210 pound Bowens, who was timed running a 4.41 second forty yard dash at a Shrine Bowl combine over the summer, had been favoring South Carolina for the past several weeks, but he decided to put an end to his recruitment by committing to Coach Brad Lawing and the Gamecocks on Thursday night.

"I've been thinking about it for a while, but I decided to commit to South Carolina today (at) about 6:50. It feels good to have (my decision) out of the way," said Bowens. "I felt that they have a real good program, and they're only going to get better in the next couple of years. They have a great coaching staff, and I have a good relationship with them. Brad Lawing was my recruiter. He's real cool. He tells me everything up front, and he's a real cool guy. Also, one of my former teammates (Chris Culliver) goes there, and he says the coaches are real great down there. He says the coaches watch out for all the players."

According to Bowens, the potential for early playing at South Carolina was also an intriguing factor in his decision.

"The potential for possible early playing time next year played a lot into my decision. I'm just going to work hard and improve."

Bowens will make an unofficial visit to USC this weekend for the Gamecocks' home matchup against Mississippi State, and he's anxious to see Chris Culliver, his friend and former teammate, in action.

"I'm visiting there this weekend. I've been down there before (for the MTSU game last year), and I liked what I saw. I'm looking forward to seeing (Chris Culliver) out there. He says that they're trying to get him involved in the offense and stuff."

Bowens, who is rated the #33 strongside linebacker in the country by, chose the Gamecocks over offers from North Carolina, Clemson, and East Carolina, and while Bowens says he is firm in his commitment to USC, he may still consider visiting the home state Tar Heels.

"I might consider taking one visit to North Carolina, but I'm only going to take an official to South Carolina."

The athletic Tar Heel State product closed by sharing an enthusiastic message for the Gamecock Nation.

"Tell them that I'm ready to be a Gamecock!"

Bowens has helped lead Garner to a 6-0 start so far this season, racking up 36 solo tackles, 25 assists and 4 sacks thus far.

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