Four-star linebacker Navorro Bowman out of Suitland, Md. took his second official visit of the season to Ohio State this weekend. The 6-foot-0, 218-pounder with 4.7-second speed had a good time in Columbus as he witnessed a good game between the Buckeyes and Spartans.
"It was a nice visit and I enjoyed myself there. They were very welcoming and the fan support is great, everything about the visit was great," he said. "I was hosted by Doug Worthington and Maurice Wells. I felt like I knew them before I even met them, we jelled together and had a great time. They took me around without the coaches and it was cool. They also talked about how they'll be losing all three linebackers and I'll have a shot to play early."
Bowman arrived in Columbus on Friday.
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"When I got there we immediately did all the academic stuff and saw the academic supervisor. Then I had dinner with the team and chilled with Doug and Maurice that night," he said. "On Saturday I woke up and went to the captain's breakfast and met alums including Archie Griffin and Cornelius Green. They talked about what it is like to attend Ohio State and how it's a great time. After that, I went to the fan rally and walked through the sea of fans as the band played and everyone got the team hyped for the game. After the game, we came back, watched some of the games on television, went to dinner and had fun that night.
"Today, I met with coach Tressel and talked with him. I told him I'm really high on Ohio State, but I've go to take all my visits. My father and I enjoyed talking to him and he's a really nice man. He also has the players set goals for the team and I liked that he cares about the whole person and not just football. Later today, I took a campus tour to see the academic buildings."
The Rivals250 prospect particularly enjoyed taking in the Big Ten matchup between Michigan State and Ohio State.
"I thought it was a great game and Michigan State didn't lay down for them," he said. "The game went back and forth and you couldn't tell who was going to win, but in the second half Ohio State picked it up and pulled out the win. It was exciting. The fans there were great and they showed a lot of support for the team.
"I watched A.J. Hawk out there and he kind of plays like me. He has a nose for the ball and I feel those are my qualities too. I think they are recruiting me because I have that energy and nose for the ball, that natural ability."
Bowman rated his trip to Ohio State an eight or nine.
"I liked my visit and I felt like I could be there for the next four years of my life," he said. "I'm still favoring Virginia Tech and Penn State, but they are right in there. I'd say they and Penn State are pretty comparable. Both of them were great visits and have great programs."
The No. 11 inside linebacker in the country takes his next official to Virginia Tech on November 4th. Bowman plans to take his fourth official to Tennessee on December 2nd and he has also decided on a fifth official.