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Bowles on the rise

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A month ago, Jackson (Tenn.) Christian receiver Drae Bowles had two offers and not much of a national profile. Eight offers later, the junior now is considered to be among the South's most sought-after players.
"It's really a blessing from God to be able to get all these wonderful offers," Bowles said. "It's exciting. I've just got to take it one day at a time, keep working hard and see what direction God wants me to go. I'm just trying to stay humble."
Thus far, the 6-foot-1, 198-pound Bowles has offers from Arkansas, Arkansas State, Auburn, Kentucky, Mississippi State, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Virginia. Last spring, the Vols became the first to pull the trigger. Last week, Notre Dame became the most recent.
Who's recruiting Bowles the hardest?
"Probably right now, it's Tennessee, then Vanderbilt, and the next one would probably be Mississippi State," Bowles said.
Asked if he had any leaders, Bowles replied, "I really don't have a top anything right now. I haven't really narrowed it down."
Bowles has a pretty good excuse for not having trimmed his list. Until very recently, he was playing forward for the school's basketball team.
"We went to state for the first time in school history," Bowles said. "But we lost in the semifinals."
Last year, Bowles visited Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee.
"This year, the only one I've been to is Vanderbilt," Bowles said. "When we were at the state tournament we were in Nashville, so I went over and checked everything out."
What's next?
"I really don't know," Bowles said. "It's still kind of up in the air right now. It depends on if my parents can get off work. It's spring break next week, so I'm going to try to go somewhere. But I don't know where yet."
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