Bowen shows why he’s a top recruit
Barnegat linebacker Manny Bowen talks to Shore Sports Zone about his commitment to Penn State
TOMS RIVER, NJ – At a camp where there was just one FBS coach in attendance from the University of Buffalo and a handful of FCS schools, it would be understandable for Barnegat linebacker Manny Bowen to show up and run through a few drills and take it easy. After all, the 6’2, 206 pound rising senior just wrapped up a whirlwind recruiting that saw 34 offers from the likes of Alabama, Miami, Notre Dame and Penn State. Bowen gave a verbal commitment to the Nittany Lions on June 21st.
Instead, Bowen showed the intensity and fire of an unknown recruit looking to prove himself. He went full speed in every single drill. With a chance to do an on-camera interview with Shore Sports Zone and sit out a few drills, he politely asked to talk with us after the end of the Shore’s Best Football camp’s final 7 on 7 scrimmages. It’s that kind of work ethic and attitude that James Franklin is getting in the fall of 2015. The new Penn State coach had a strong effect on Bowen and is a big reason he’s heading to Happy Valley.
“Coach Franklin when he talks to me, it’s not like I’m second guessing anything. When he tells me something I believe him, because he’s been straight up with me through the whole process,” Bowden said. “He told me I wasn’t going to be able to commit until he saw progress in my grades and I committed because my grades kept progressing. I’m going to go there and get my education first and foremost.”
Bowen had 68 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, three fumbles and four interceptions for a Bengals squad that had 10 wins in 2013. Manny will also be a key receiver in Barnegat’s spread offense. He is rated a three star recruit by Rivals and the Star Ledger ranks him as the #6 prospect in the state for the class of 2014.