Rivals250 linebacker Navorro Bowman out of Suitland, Md. was down to Ohio State, Penn State and Virginia Tech. The 6-foot-0, 218-pounder finally made a decision between the three schools. Who won out for the four-star prospect?
"I've committed to Penn State," he said. "My coach and I did a lot of research and all the schools, Ohio State, Penn State and Virginia Tech talked about the educational aspects of their schools. I went online and got the graduation rates and Virginia Tech and Ohio State weren't showing up on charts while Penn State was. That was the big factor that made me separate the three of them."
What else stood out about the Nittany Lions?
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"Derrick Williams was the top player coming out last year and saw something in Penn State," he said. "I saw that they did pretty well this year and I think Derrick helped bring them in my mind. I also like that coach Johnson has built a good relationship with me and he's said that he plans to be around the next three or four years."
Bowman told the coaches of his decision Wednesday afternoon.
"Coach Lynch told Larry Johnson and he was really excited," he said. "He felt like he won a million dollars as I could hear his reaction through the phone. As happy as he was, I'll be just that happy once I go up there."
The four-star prospect is relieved to have the decision behind him.
"I felt I chose the best out of the three and I'm glad this process is coming to an end," he said. "I know I'll probably have to wait a year before I play since there are three seniors, but I plan to allow the doctors at Penn State do my surgery and then I should recover in two or three months and I can start working out to get ready for football."
Bowman had a final word to the Penn State fans.
"I took my visit up there and had a great time because of the fans," he said. "I just hope they keep it up and have that energy when I come to the school."