Bartlett athlete looking south for offers

Talk about getting ahead early. He's already garnered game MVP honors in 2002, with two touchdowns and two forced fumbles. And since <a href=><b>Zack Bowman's</b></a> Bartlett (Anchorage, AK) squad has already begun their season on a winning note, beating Colony 26-0, this safety prospect from the Land of the Midnight Sun has time to turn his energies toward recruiting.

At 6-2, 185 pounds, Bowman is playing WR and safety for Bartlett, but he's being recruited as the quintessential playmaker, football's centerfielder. But being generally regarded as Alaska's top prospect hasn't had an adverse effect on Bowman's field demeanor. "I'm just myself on the field," Bowman told "I don't brag about nothing." He admits that getting noticed up north is more difficult than one might think.

"I wasn't able to do any camps this summer," he said. "It's tough, but we have three or four guys that went to the Nike Camp (Eugene)." Even so, Bowman is hearing quite a bit from Nebraska and the University of Washington, both from the coaching staff, and from a former teammate, current DT Tui Alailefaleula. His top five includes Washington, Arizona, Colorado, UCLA, and Oregon.

Bowman is still waiting for that elusive first offer, but will be sending Coach Neuheisel and his staff a tape after his third game. Advantage: Bowman. While other recruits will be scrambling with their coaches to mail out tapes, Zack Bowman's highlight reel footage may have already made an impact sufficient enough to result in a September scholarship offer. Top Stories