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4-star OLB Lining Up Visits
Four-star outside linebacker Manny Bowen of Barnegat (N.J.) High doesn't have dates set for all of his summer visits, but he has an understanding of where he wants to go. He also has one set in stone. The 6-foot-2, 210-pound Bowen will travel to Penn State for a June 21 visit. He is also looking into visits to South Carolina, Miami, Virginia Tech and Nebraska, and he is looking at a return trip to Rutgers as well. "The schools I have the most contact with are Penn State, South Carolina, Miami, Virginia Tech, Iowa, Rutgers, of course, and Nebraska and Oklahoma,'" Bowen said. "I have places I want to see. Virginia Tech, Nebraska those are schools I have a lot of interest in, but this next visit (to Penn State) is going to be something I base a lot of my other visits on. There are certain things I'm looking to see." Penn State was always recruiting Bowen hard, but the intensity raised even more when four-star Josh Barajas flipped to Notre Dame. Bowen plays a few miles away from class of 2014 Penn State signee Mike Gesicki of Manahawkin (N.J.) Southern Regional, and the players speak about Penn State. "It's crazy," Bowen said. "It's not just Gesicki, but every Penn state commit is contacting me." Bowen visited the campus already, but this time he will bring his mother along as well. "The family wants to see it," he said. "Last time I went up there it was just me and my dad, and my mom wants to see it. I'll probably be basing more visits off that visit." Bringing his mom to campus, though, is a big move for Bowen. And for the Nittany Lions. "That is important," Bowen said. "Her opinion on a school means a lot to me, and I want her to see the people who are recruiting me, and the staff and the campus. " After the visit to Penn State, Bowen is looking at other visits. "There is a chance of me swinging down to Miami," he said. "I believe in what they do defensively, and all the defensive players coming from there, and all the recruits they're getting. They should be coming back. I was a big Ray Lewis fan and my favorite (NFL) team is Baltimore, and they had two guys on there from Miami with Ray Lewis and Ed Reed." Closer to home, and the program Bowen knows the best, is Rutgers. The Scarlet Knights were in to see Bowen twice during the spring evaluation period, and continue to show him a lot of interest. "They're on me hard," he said. "They're always up there. It's the home state. I feel comfortable there and that's home to me. I have a great relationship with them and they keep telling me the same things." Bowen said he doesn't planning on deciding in the next few weeks, but he sees the benefit of getting his recruitment over with before the start of his senior season. "It would be nice to have my commitment in by the beginning of the season," he said. "If not, it's completely possible I wait until after, as long as it's not a distraction to my team."
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