Gerald Bowman was preparing to board an airplane for a trip home to Philadelphia when he quickly checked his e-mail and saw a message from Tennessee defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox.
The Woodland Hills (Calif.) Pierce C.C. safety is happy he logged on because the Volunteers' coaching staff had more good news when he called.
"I was on my way back home to Philadelphia and I checked my e-mail right before I got on the plane and coach Wilcox, the defensive coordinator, told me to give him a call and that he had good news for me," Bowman said.
"I called him up and he said that coach Dooley wanted to talk to me and he said they just watched my film and they wanted to offer me a scholarship."
Tennessee is the latest offer for Bowman, a 6-foot-1, 210-pound prospect who also has Arizona, Arizona State, Cal, Cincinnati, Colorado, Ole Miss, Oregon State, South Florida, UCLA, Utah, Washington State and West Virginia on his offer list.
Bowman said the Tennessee offer is huge and that he's hoping to visit Knoxville before making his decision.
"Coach Dooley wants to meet with me soon and once I landed I wanted to give him a call and we'd set something up," Bowman said.
"That's a very big program and a big opportunity for me. I have to really weigh out my options. It's going to be a lot harder that I thought. I want to make a trip out there."
Last weekend, Bowman visited Arizona and Arizona State and while both programs impressed him the Sun Devils especially stood out.
His teammate, Oliver Johnson, decided to commit after returning home from that trip and Bowman said he was thoroughly impressed, too.
"The atmosphere was unbelievable," Bowman said of Arizona State. "They had great facilities, the area was really nice and the coaching staff was just phenomenal. Everything was really nice."