One of the offers extended on Sunday afternoon after Texas Tech's football camp at Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock was to 2018 Grapevine signal-caller Alan Bowman. The 6-foot-3, 206-pound quarterback was invited to head coach Kliff Kingsbury's office shortly after the camp ended, and it was there that the offer was extended.
"He said I threw the ball very well, that he was extremely impressed, and then he kind of just talked about the quarterback situation. After this year, he said I have a good shot to come in as a freshman and compete. He said they loved my film and that they want to offer me a scholarship, that they were really impressed and they wanted me to go there."
Offensive coordinator Eric Morris, who coaches inside receivers at Texas Tech, is Bowman's primary recruiter and has been lobbying for an offer for the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex prospect.
"Coach Morris is the one I'm in contact with the most. He's the one who came out and saw me in the spring, watched me, and then he went back to coach Kingsbury with his thoughts. Our relationship has gone really well. He was just really excited about it. He was all for [getting me the offer], but coach Kingsbury coaches the quarterbacks so at the end of the day it was his decision, and it ended up happening."
Prior to the camp, Bowman and several other top recruits were given a tour of Texas Tech's campus and facilities.
"We took pictures, put on jerseys, walked through the locker room and weight room, saw pictures of what the new indoor facility would look like. It was pretty cool, for sure. My favorite part would either be the new locker room or the new indoor facility. Those two things are gonna be insane, to go there and see how it would all turn out was pretty awesome."
As a junior, Bowman led Grapevine to a 10-2 record and second-round playoff appearance in Texas Class 5A Division II. He accounted for 3,444 total yards of offense and 45 total touchdowns. Bowman threw for 3,240 yards, 42 TD's, and six interceptions, while running for 204 yards and three scores.
With an offer in hand, what's next for the prospect?
"You know, I have no idea. I'm going to Illinois next week, and then I'm going to the Northern Illinois satellite camp after that. I don't really know after that. But hopefully, before the season, at the end of the summer sometime, I'll be ready to pull the trigger."
Three programs are standing out to the quarterback at the moment.
"Definitely Houston, Illinois, and Tech. Those are kind of the top three right now that I'm looking at the most."
In addition to those three programs, Bowman was asked about schools which are showing interest but have not offered yet.
"Baylor would be at the top of that list [of schools that have not offered yet], for sure. Coach Thomas, the QB coach there, is recruiting me. He said they have a staff meeting this week, so we're gonna try to figure out what their plan is later this week."
Bowman believes he would fit right in to Texas Tech's up-tempo aerial attack, as the offense he operates at Grapevine High School is very similar.
"It was kind of funny, when I watched some film with coach Kingsbury, and I'm not lying - he showed me six plays, and we run three of the six plays. We run the exact same offense. We're up-tempo, move around the pocket, throw the ball fifty times a game, so it would be an easy fit. It's exactly what I do and what I'm best at."
What does the newly-offered prospect bring to the table in terms of strengths?
"I would definitely say my accuracy and quick release, and my ability to extend plays. I have the ability to, but I'm probably not going to, take it eighty yards down the field and beat everyone. But I'm definitely going to make somebody miss in the pocket and extend the play downfield."
Does Bowman plan on taking visits elsewhere this season after committing?
"No. If I'm committed somewhere, then I'm committed and I'm going to that one place. A commitment is a commitment."
The Metroplex prospect, after making his decision, plans on recruiting some of the top talent in the state to join the program of his choice.
"Yeah, exactly. If I become a player at the school, I want to bring in good players with me."
Bowman holds offers from Cincinnati, Houston, Illinois, Nevada, Southern Miss, and Texas Tech, among others. He reports interest from Arkansas, Baylor, Missouri, and Penn State, among others.