Commitment Spotlight: Nigel Bowden
"I went to Vanderbilt on Saturday with our rival school, Westside," said Nigel Bowden. "I didn't participate in the camp, but I watched it and watched how the coaches were teaching. They act the same way they do off the field with a lot of high energy.
"I got to talk more with the coaches and players and look at the facilities. It was fun. We had a cookout where I talked to the linebackers and some of the committed recruits, like Johnathon McCrary.
"At the end of the day on Sunday I let coach Franklin know I wanted to commit. I told him I was done with recruiting and with taking anymore visits unless it's to Vanderbilt."
Many of the reasons Bowden committed to Vanderbilt in March are the same reasons he decided to make a second pledge to Coach Franklin. This time, though, Bowden got a first-hand look at the camaraderie that exists on the Commodore team.
"It's like a big family," he said. "The freshmen interact with the seniors the same way they do with other freshmen. The coaches treat every player the exact same way which is with an open-heart.
"I asked Archie (Barnes) how it was to work with Coach Pry. He told me [Pry] was the most energetic coach out of the bunch. He keeps you motivated and is just a great overall coach to play for."
Bowden said his sole focus is now conditioning for a big senior year at Central with new head coach, Jesse Hicks.
"I'm excited about this new coaching staff," Bowden said. "I'm getting in the greatest shape of my life. I'm learning so much about reading formations, receiver routes, and working on my tackling. I think we're going to have a great year."
Although Westlake is Central's biggest rival in the Macon area, Bowden is pulling for their players to nab some offers of their own.
"We talk all the time off the field," explained Bowden. "They really showed up at [Vanderbilt's] camp. I think they were the top players there. They really stood out. I know Vanderbilt has started recruiting Shannon Smith, a wide receiver, and Brian Whitaker, a defensive lineman."
Bowden said he spent time during the weekend with new Vanderbilt pledges Carlos Burse and Darrius Sims. He plans on returning to Nashville before the end of the summer and to as many Commodore games as he can manage this fall. Follow @VandyManiacom
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