Vandy hot on Bowles

Drae Bowles (Jackson Christian School/TN) has been a big priority for the Vanderbilt coaching staff for quite some time. The 6-1, 205 pound wide receiver received an offer from the Commodores two days after National Signing Day. He shares the latest on his recruitment with VandyMania.com.

"I don't have a leader right now; I'm keeping my options open," said Bowles.

In addition to Vanderbilt, Bowles currently has offers from the likes of Arkansas, Auburn, Duke, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Notre Dame, and Tennessee. While he isn't ready to name a leader yet, he did share what stands out the most about Vanderbilt.

"Overall it's a great school academically," he said. "It's like getting an Ivy League education. The coaches are really nice people and playing in the SEC is unbelievable."

Last season, Bowles finished with 57 catches for 1,100 yards and 14 touchdowns. Many consider Bowles as one of the top wide receivers in the South. With that type of production, it is easy to see why two SEC schools are currently recruiting him the hardest.

"Vanderbilt and Arkansas seem to be the two teams that are recruiting me the hardest," said Bowles.

Being a highly recruited star like Bowles has its advantages. Many of these schools are constantly inviting him to their campus and selling him on their program. However, Bowles is looking for a few things in each college program.

"The most important thing is finding a place that feels like home," he said. "I want to have a close relationship with the coaching staff and my position coach. I want to contribute to a team as quick as possible."

National Signing Day is a little over seven months away. Bowles is in no hurry to make a decision as he has plenty of time to decide. One thing is for sure, once he makes a decision he plans on sticking with it and being done with his visits.

"I haven't decided yet on when I'll make a decision," said Bowles. "I plan on making three visits during the month of July but they are still up in the air. I'm going to be done with visits once I make my decision."

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