The offers have been pouring in for Tennessee's top wide receiver prospect.
Adarius Bowman, a 6-foot-3, 210-pound wideout from Chattanooga's Notre
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Dame High School, now has "about 15" official scholarship offers.
"Things really picked up the last month or so," he said.
"I've got a whole bunch to consider at this point."
His current top five includes North Carolina, Georgia,
Florida, Ole Miss and Tennessee. He also has offers from Auburn, Kentucky, South
Carolina, Vanderbilt, Marshall, Clemson, Duke, Wake Forest and Notre Dame.
"North Carolina's been showing the most interest, and
that's why I've got them No. 1 right now," Bowman said. "They're not the top
dogs in college football right now, but they're really improving, and I can see
me fitting in real well there and playing right away.
"Plus, baby blue has always been my favorite color," he
added with a laugh.
Bowman confirmed that the pressure to stay home and play
for the Volunteers has been pretty substantial. "Everybody around here has been
trying to push me that way, but I've got to be my own man," he said. "I've got
to try to find the best place for me, not all these fans. That could still be
Tennessee, but I've got to find out for myself."
What will be the main factors in his final decision?
"The biggest thing I'll be looking at is what kind of
receivers are already there, who they have coming back," he said. "I really want
to be able to play a lot as a freshman."
Bowman, who hasn't attended any camps this summer due to
AAU basketball, grew up with a dream of playing college hoops. "I wanted to play
for Kentucky bad," he said. "I still do --- I'm a huge Kentucky basketball fan
--- but things kind of change. Everybody says football is my game now."
With good reason. As a junior, Bowman earned all-state
honors and was recognized as Division II player of the year after making 52
catches for 1,339 yards and 16 touchdowns. He also recorded 75 tackles and four
interceptions at defensive back.
He plans to camp at Georgia on July 12. He has no other
camps scheduled at this time, but says he's in the process of choosing some