UT a Finalist For No. 15 LB

T-Rex is to dinosaurs what linebackers are to defenders, they're not the biggest, fastest or strongest from their world, but they are the most feared because they're the most dangerous.

Navorro Bowman, of Forestville, Md., is a great example of that concept. At 6-foot-2, 218 pounds with 4.7 speed, a 280-pound bench press and a 28-inch vertical leap, he doesn't appear to be a dominate force. However, like the T-Rex, it's results that count and Bowman is a relentless hunter with killer instincts and a solid takedown technique.

As a junior for Suitland High School, he amassed 165 tackles, with nine sacks, three fumble recoveries and an interception. He played offense in his spare time and rushed for 1,230 yards and 22 touchdowns.

That type of stellar production will lead to national recognition, and so, it's no surprise Bowman is rated the country's No. 15 linebacker by Scout.com and No. 87 prospect overall in the Class of 2006. He was also named Defensive Player of the Year for the entire state of Maryland in addition to picking up first-team All-Metro, All-Conference, and All-State honors.

"I've really got a good nose for the football," Bowman told Allen Wallace of Scout.com. "I mean I've been playing on varsity since I was in the ninth grade, so I know the game well. I definitely want to work on my speed and just get quicker at everything."

Attracting attention hasn't been a problem for Bowman who estimates some 40 scholarship offers. He recently cut his list down to six schools of interest, eliminating such gridiron powers as Oklahoma, Virginia, Illinois, Michigan State, Michigan, Syracuse and home state Maryland.

"I have really lost count of my offers," Bowman recently told Scout.com's Don Callahan. "I just really narrowed it down to about five or six schools: Penn State, Ohio State, North Carolina, Tennessee, Florida, and Virginia Tech.

The Vols became a contender after Bowman had an excellent Elite College Combine that opened the eyes of a lot of top programs, including Florida.

"It helped," Bowman said of the Elite exhibition, "because I have received a lot of my offers from my performance there."

Bowman is fully qualified with a healthy 3.83 GPA. He is also a solid basketball prospect who averaged 16 points as a shooting guard for his AAU team that won the Southern Invitational. Despite all the success and honors he's garnered Bowman manages to keep it perspective.

"I just like to be humble," Bowman told Callahan. "I don't like talking about myself, I'm not that kind of person."

Opposing ball carriers won't hear Bowman bragging, but like prey of the T-Rex, they will hear his footsteps.

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