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Georgia may be making a late run at Ridgeland's Michael Bowman, who is arguably the state's top wide receiver and committed to Alabama. And Bowman said he is willing to listen to the Bulldogs. "Georgia was my first love, and I will make up my mind at the end," Bowman told the AJC on Friday night. "I'm still committed to Alabama. But I have to consider all my options ... anything could happen." With the Crimson Tide going over final preparations in Atlanta for the SEC Championship, UGA assistant Stacey Searels stopped by Ridgeland on Friday to pick up film on Bowman and ask if he was interested in the Bulldogs. The 6-foot-5, 210-pound Bowman said Searels seemed excited that he indeed still interested. Bowman was told that UGA would call next week after reviewing his film to talk more about a scholarship offer. Bowman had a sensational senior season, catching 30 passes for 1,006 yards and 14 touchdowns. Last summer, he won MVP honors at the prospect camps at both UGA and Alabama.
Ridgeland’s Michael Bowman, who committed to Alabama, said he has “no hard feelings” toward Georgia. “Georgia has to make recruiting decisions for what they feel are in the best interests of its program, I understand that,” Bowman said. Bowman, who is arguably the state’s top prospect at wide receiver, said his recruiting “is over” and he intends to sign in February with Alabama. He said he would not change his mind, even if Georgia or any other colleges offer later this season. “Everything happens for a reason, and I don’t feel like there’s a better place for me in the country than Alabama,” Bowman said. “Alabama has always really wanted me, they have big plans for me, and I love everything about the program. I feel like it’s a place we can compete for national championships.” The 6-foot-4, 215-pound Bowman ended up picking Alabama over LSU and Oregon, among a dozen offers. All schools, except for Georgia, had gone ahead and offered Bowman because he is “very close” to meeting college entrance requirements. Georgia, perhaps due to limited slots remaining in its 2009 recruiting class, was waiting on Bowman to fully qualify before extending an offer. The Bulldogs have 14 commitments and are expected to sign no more than 20 players. Bowman is a member of the AJC’s The Super Southern 100, and ranked as the state’s No. 7 overall prospect by Rivals. Bowman was a lifelong Georgia fan who said he was told by Bulldogs that he would be awarded a scholarship if he attended and impressed at the team’s June prospect camp. He ended up winning Best Receiver honors at the camp, but was not offered. Bowman tried to hold out for as long as he could for Georgia, but then decided within the last 10 days that he needed to make a college decision after seeing scholarships starting to fill up at wide receiver at many schools. He officially committed to Alabama after meeting with coach Nick Saban after last Saturday night’s game against Western Kentucky
For the last 10 days, Ridgeland’s Michael Bowman has been the talk on the recruiting world with his impending decision to commit to Alabama over waiting on an offer from his “dream school” of Georgia to matriculate. On Saturday night, Bowman did what he told the AJC he was going to do a week ago: The 6-foot-4, 215-pound senior, arguably the state’s top prospect at wide receiver, committed “in person” to Crimson Tide’s coaches after Saturday night’s win against Western Kentucky. “It was fun, I loved it more than Georgia,” Bowman said. “I met with coach [Nick Saban] before the game, and he told me everything I needed to hear. He was really straight forward about everything, which I really appreciated.” After the game was over, Bowman caught up with Alabama wide receivers coach Curt Cignetti, who had scouted Ridgeland’s game on Friday night. Bowman smiled and told the assistant, “I want to ‘Roll with the Tide.’ I’m ready to commit.” After Saban finished talking to the media, he met again with Bowman and congratulated him on the decision. “He was so happy he almost burst into tears. Heck, we were both so happy. They need a lot of big receivers to complete their offense. It’s a great fit for me, the offense, the team, everything. “The day couldn’t have gone any better. I love the Alabama people. I’m happy with my decision. My recruiting is over.” Bowman ended up picking Alabama over LSU and Oregon, among a dozen offers. All schools, except for Georgia, had gone ahead and offered Bowman because he is “very close” to meeting college entrance requirements. Georgia, perhaps due to limited slots remaining in its 2009 recruiting class, was waiting on Bowman to fully qualify before extending an offer. The Bulldogs have 14 commitments and are expected to sign no more than 20 players. Bowman is a member of the AJC’s The Super Southern 100, and ranked as the state’s No. 7 overall prospect by Rivals.
Ridgleand’s Michael Bowman, arguably the state’s top prospect at wide receiver, told the AJC he committed to Alabama on late Saturday night. Bowman said that he met with Alabama’s coaches and told them of his decision after the win over Western Kentucky. “I did it, it’s over” Bowman confirmed. The 6-foot-4, 210-pound Bowman committed to Alabama over LSU and Oregon, among a dozen offers. Bowman was a lifelong Georgia fan and had wanted to commit to the Bulldogs since last June. Bowman said Georgia had offered a scholarship, providing he raised his test scores this fall. However, Alabama and most of the other colleges recruiting Bowman had gone ahead and offered scholarships, with the assumption that he will eventually qualify. Bowman decided he was no longer going to wait on Georgia after seeing scholarships at his position come close to filling up at most of the schools recruiting him. Bowman told the AJC earlier in the week that he wanted to wait to commit to Alabama’s coaches in person when he made an unofficial visit for Saturday’s home game.
Ridgeland’s Michael Bowman, arguably the state’s top prospect at wide receiver, confirmed on Monday night that he plans to officially commit to Alabama when he watches the Crimson Tide play Western Kentucky on Saturday. Bowman said his mother talked with Alabama coaches while he was in school on Monday. They wanted to make sure the prized prospect was still going to attend the game. The 6-foot-4, 215-pound Bowman told the AJC on Sunday that he had decided to commit to Alabama rather than wait any longer on an offer from his “dream school” of Georgia. Bowman said the Bulldogs had promised an offer, providing he raised his test scores [he said he made a 16 on ACT last year, while Georgia wants a 19]. Bowman said most other colleges, including Alabama, had gone ahead and offered scholarships, with the assumption he would meet college entrance requirements. Bowman selected Alabama over LSU and Oregon, among others.