Gerald Bowman already has early offers from Arizona State and South Florida and he's serious about both schools because the Woodland Hills (Calif.) Pierce C.C. defensive back feels both programs are highly interested in him.
"At first what I did was I called and made sure they were serious about me," Bowman said. "I didn't want them telling me anything.
"I wanted to know where I was on their board. With (Arizona State) and South Florida I was one of the first guys offered out of their class so I know both are pretty serious about it. I'm serious about any offer. It's going to come down to what's best for me and my family."
Bowman, a 6-foot-1, 210-pound safety, has another season at Pierce so it's expected more schools will get involved. Oregon, Miami and Washington are showing interest and Bowman said he "definitely" expects more offers.
It could be a couple months, though, since Bowman said recruiting will probably slow down until after National Signing Day in early February. Then coaches will turn their attention to their 2012 recruiting class and guys like Bowman.
"More than likely, I don't think I'd get an offer from anyone else until February or closer to spring," Bowman said. "They're looking for 2011 guys plus the season isn't over with so there's a delay with that."
South Florida has offered Pierce C.C. wide receiver Damon Julian and the Bulls' coaching staff has been in contact with Bowman as well.
That's good news since USF has already offered Bowman, who said he was excited to talk with that coaching staff early in his recruitment.
"A coach from South Florida came up because they offered another kid from my team," Bowman said. "He's the wide receivers coach, he came to see one of our guys and I was really excited that he came up and talked to me and stuff."