Wide receiver Donald Bowens starred at St. Petersburg High, and during his first two years at N.C. State before inuries derailed him. He's been looking to transfer for his final year of eligibility, and could know within the next few weeks where he'll end up.
"Things are going pretty good, I'm just finishing up school, and getting ready to graduate," said Bowens. "I'll see what happens after that."
The 6-foot-3, 210 pound receiver starred for the Wolfpack during his first two years before missing the 2008 and 2009 with knee and lower-back injuries, and was looking to transfer for his final year. Bowens visited USF this spring, met with USF coaches about the possibility of joining the Bulls and was waiting to see if he'll get acceptance into graduate school at USF.
"I graduate next weekend, and I take the GRE this Saturday," said Bowens. "Depending on what I score on the GRE, we'll go from there."
If he does get the score he needs, is USF going to be where he spends his final year of eligibility?
"Most likely it is," said Bowens. "I'd love to be home playing for USF for my final season," said Bowens. "They are the only Division I-A school that I'm considering."
Bowens was a major contributor his first two seasons at N.C, State with 57 catches for 798 yards and five touchdowns in 2006 and 2007. In 2007, Bowens led the team with an average of 15 yards per catch, finishing with 41 receptions for 598 yards and three touchdowns. In his start against Virginia, Bowens had a breakout performance, recording 11 catches for 202 yards and two touchdowns. Those were the top marks ever posted by a NC State sophomore. Playing as a true freshman, he caught 16 receptions for 200 yards and two scores.
He missed 2008 with back injuries and also the start of 2009 recovering from a knee injury. He returned against Gardner-Webb and finished the year with 12 catches for 175 yards and one score. But says he's fully recovered from those injuries.
"I'm totally recovered and back to being me again," said Bowens. "I can't wait to get back on the field again."
Bowens attended a couple of practices during the spring, and watched the Bulls play N.C. State after one of the practices. He also got to talk with the Bulls coaching staff and liked what he saw.
"I met with them for a while, they are all pretty cool coaches," said Bowens. "It's a good environment and I felt welcome there."
With the injury sustained to receiver A.J. Love during the spring game, and the departure of junior Carlton Mitchell, who left early for the NFL draft, the Bulls are thin at receiver depth and Bowens could help immediately.
Bowens said nothing is set in stone just yet, but the Bulls were the school he focused on when he knew he was going to transfer, and the only other school he's considering is Division II North Alabama.
"I'll be home after next weekend, and see where I'm going from there," said Bowens. "We'll see how I do on the GRE, and after I graduate I'll spend some time with my family and see what's best for me, and what I want to do."
"I'll know for sure within the next couple of weeks,"
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