Bowles Approaching a Half Dozen

Bowles Approaching a Half Dozen

Drae Bowles is a name that recruiting fans in the southeast might want to become familiar. Chances are your team will be playing against him in the coming years. Schools from around the country have shown serious interest and five schools have already extended scholarship offers to the Volunteer state standout. JCS coach Matt Underwood spoke with Scout about his prized player.

Drae Bowles profile

"It's really picked up for him the past couple of weeks," said Coach Underwood. "He has offers from Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi State, Arkansas State and Vanderbilt.

Several other schools have shown him a lot of interest and of those Virginia, Notre Dame and Georgia appear to be the most serious right now."

College coaches have been quick to praise the talented Bowles.

"They thing they all see when they watch his highlight tape is how explosive he is," said Underwood. "He's 6-1, 200-205 and he just has a lot of raw athleticism.

"He's a 300 pound bench presser and he ran a sub 11 100 as a ninth grader. He's a special player. You don't get to coach guys like him very often."

Drae appears to be a shining example in his community off the field as well as on it.

"Drae is a special young man," said Underwood. "He have people in and out of here and they are always so impressed with how well mannered he is and how articulate he is.

"He is very mature and just comes from a tremendous family. He has a strong faith and is just a special person.

"His dad is a police captain and he looks after Drae. He has raised him the right way to do the right things."

Bowles has learned to impact the game on both sides of the ball. He is getting looks as both a receiver, a safety and possibly as an outside linebacker.

"I think most people have seen him as a wide receiver," said Underwood. "He had a real good year at receiver last year.

"The main thing people tell me is that they just want him as an athlete and they will fit him in when get gets there.

"Coach Dooley from Tennessee said a lot of it is just going to depend on how Drae grows and he develops."

While most college bound prospects have been racking up the windshield time attending college junior days, Bowles has spent his time closer to home helping out on the hardwood.

"Drae plays basketball, so he hasn't really had the chance to travel much," said Underwood. "He's a good basketball player. He's a real physical guy out there, a good rebounder.

"I know he was talking about going to Tennessee for their junior day, but that's going to depend on basketball.

"The team is doing real well, so they may be playing for a while."

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