Football Recruiting: Ridgeland WR/DB Devin Bowman commits to UGA

We got us a Bowman (AJC)

Richt: We got one of the Bowman Brothers (AJC)

A member of one of Georgia’s most famous football families will finally play for UGA.

Ridgeland two-way standout Devin Bowman committed to UGA on Saturday after introducing his mother to Bulldogs coach Mark Richt.  The 5-foot-11, 180-pound speedster will play cornerback or wide receiver in college.

“Devin was all excited, and his mom was all excited,” Ridgeland coach Mark Mariakis told the AJC. “He had been (to Georgia) before and looked around. His mom hadn’t.

“It was one of those trips where the whole family wanted to get peace about the (decision), and make sure it was the right place to stay for the next 4-5 years. Devin called me after they talked to (Richt) to say ‘I’m a Bulldog.’”

Bowman picked UGA over Georgia Tech, Clemson, Notre Dame, and Oklahoma State, among others. His oldest brother, Adarius Bowman, played wide receiver at Oklahoma State, and recently finished his second year in the CFL, catching 55 passes for 925 yards and six touchdowns for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

Another Bowman brother, Michael Bowman, was redshirted at wide receiver this past season at BCS champion Alabama.

How do the brothers compare? “They are different athletes,”  Mariakis said. “Devin is not as tall as Mike (6-4, 210). I didn’t get the chance to coach Darius (6-4, 220), but he’s a heck of an athlete, too. Devin is different kind of kid. He has that burner speed, that “next level speed” that Mike didn’t have. But they both bring different things to the table. Devin is a tremendous athlete (runs 40-yard dash in 4.3 seconds) and will have a lot of success in the SEC.”

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Two seasons ago, Michael was considered to be the state’s No. 1 prospect at wide receiver and went public with his desire to sign with Georgia. However, the Bulldogs did not tender an offer because they were pursuing other prospects at the position. Alabama coach Nick Saban saw an opportunity and quickly landed Michael for the Crimson Tide’s 2009 recruiting class.

Back to UGA: Devin is Georgia’s second commitment in two days, following in the footsteps of North Paulding wide receiver Chris Conley — who committed to Georgia over Alabama over the telephone on Friday morning.

“Coach Richt was in his car, going to North Carolina to watch his son [Mars Hill quarterback Jon Richt] practice,” North Paulding coach Heath Webb said. “He was excited to hear about Chris’ decision.”
The 6-foot-3, 185-pound Conley caught all 81 passes thrown to him last season, finishing with 848 receiving yards and six touchdowns. Conley, who runs the 40-yard dash in 4.42 seconds, is a late bloomer to sports, starting his football career as a freshman.
“He has a lot of things going for him, with his hands probably being his greatest attribute,” Webb said. “He has ‘oven-mitt’ hands … big, big hands which help with catching the ball.”
Wide receiver became an emergency recruiting need for Georgia after the last-minute defection of Calhoun star Da’Rick Rogers to Tennessee last February. Rogers was the AJC’s No. 1-rated

“Coach Richt was in his car, going to North Carolina to watch his son [Mars Hill quarterback Jon Richt] practice,” North Paulding coach Heath Webb said. “He was excited to hear about Chris’ decision.”

The 6-foot-3, 185-pound Conley caught all 81 passes thrown to him last season, finishing with 848 receiving yards and six touchdowns. Conley, has been timed at 4.42 seconds in the 40, is a late bloomer to sports, starting his football career as a freshman.

“He has a lot of things going for him, with his hands probably being his greatest attribute,” Webb said. “He has ‘oven-mitt’ hands … big, big hands which help with catching the ball.”

Wide receiver became an emergency recruiting need for Georgia after the last-minute defection of Calhoun star Da’Rick Rogers to Tennessee last February. Rogers was the AJC’s No. 1-rated prospect for the state.

UGA has six early pledges toward its 2011 recruiting class. What is most remarkable about the group? All six are homegrown talents from the Peach State — North Clayton linebacker Amarlo Herrera, Wesleyan offensive lineman David Andrews, and safeties Corey Moore of Griffin and Chris Sanders of Tucker.

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CONFEDERATE DAWG

April 17th, 2010
7:18 pm

HOW BOUT THEM DAWGS!!!!!!!!

south

April 17th, 2010
7:19 pm

welcome to the family Mr. Bowman! Glad you’re a Dog.

north ga dawg

April 17th, 2010
7:27 pm

Congrats devin seen him play vs datrick rogers and he shut him down will be a great adition to granthams d

jp dawg

April 17th, 2010
7:30 pm

still need one more in this class

jp dawg

April 17th, 2010
7:43 pm

need some receivers

19th Hole Dawg

April 17th, 2010
7:54 pm

Welcome to the Bulldog Family!

Congrats on your commitment.

Georgia is going to build a great class this year.

Voice of Reason

April 17th, 2010
7:56 pm

Great news! Welcome Devin………..

JW

April 17th, 2010
8:00 pm

Devin, Welcome to UGA, happy to having you wearing the Red & Black! We are lucky to have you! Ms Bowman, Thank you for letting Devin come to UGA!!

Bo

April 17th, 2010
8:04 pm

Looking forward to seeing him in a Georgia uniform for 3 years.

YELLOW HAMMER

April 17th, 2010
8:04 pm

he’ll end up at bama w/ his brother and some more bcs titles….. did anybody see the bama spring game, dauuuummm …craig james pre-season top 5 ,BAMA , OHIO STATE , TEXAS , V.T . BAMA’S 2 TEAM…. GOTTA LOVE IT TDE FANS

ATL dawg, ya dig?

April 17th, 2010
8:05 pm

So much for that recruting war with GT. Are they even in the picture on some of these guys??

Dawgs need to get excited about Corey Moore. The guy is a future first rounder and we are darned lucky to have him locked down. But I’m excited about all of these early recruits!

double g

April 17th, 2010
8:06 pm

We’ve gotten them, but can we hold onto them? After this year’s de-commitments, it’s a little nervewracking.

Diamond Dog's Parole Officer

April 17th, 2010
8:16 pm

I’m surprised… I thought UGA fans that corners less than 6 feet tall were unacceptable???

DUHH Diamond

April 17th, 2010
8:25 pm

If you run a 4.3 you can play corner. I think there is a chance he might still grow an inch or two, I think he is only seventeen. But more important, he also plays wide reciever.

ReptilesRule

April 17th, 2010
8:28 pm

Both Bama and Auburn looked good in their spring game today. But then again, who doesn’t?? However, it’s apparent that there were alot of athletes out there for the Tide and Tigers. Give Chizz some credit, last season was a mild surprise, recruiting season was definitely a surprise and they have talent and could really surprise this year. And Tider Trent Richardson is just scary. Urban better keep on recruiting those all world DT’s and LB’s.

OC_Dawg

April 17th, 2010
8:29 pm

Now all we need to do is land Swann and Mitchell, and we’ll be set at CB for this year.

JD

April 17th, 2010
8:35 pm

GO DAWGS. I love this guy. SHUT DOWN. Sarah you owe me a one, SWEETHEART.

Spike

April 17th, 2010
8:45 pm

Yep, Tech gets blown off again. HAHAHAHAHAHA.

golfer51

April 17th, 2010
9:07 pm

I hope no injuries to Rogers but I also hope he doesn’t catch a ball for Tenn. If Dooley thinks he can remake Tenn into UGA he is sadly mistaken.

FJ

April 17th, 2010
9:09 pm

These DB commitments in the hands of coach Lakatos is a VERY exciting thought. I think Bowman is underrated because he has mostly played RB but he has a ton of potential at CB.

steve

April 17th, 2010
9:17 pm

Georgia did not tender Michael an offer because of grades, not because of pursuing other players at that position – inaccurate reporting. UGA has higher academic standards in place than most schools. Not whining, just a fact.

19th Hole Dawg

April 17th, 2010
9:34 pm

Steve is right. That is an inaccurate account of the facts. There were some issues that prevented UGA from offering M Bowman. But it’s good to see him focused and doing well at Alabama. There were some question marks a couple years ago.

It’s just another example of the AJC’s anti-UGA, pro-Tech slant. Whatever. At least someone is around to stick up for our little in-state underdog, Ga Tech. I’m glad the AJC sticks up for “the little guy” down on North Ave.

Recruits don’t seem to notice, though. Tech is really fighting an uphill battle and that’s not going to change any time soon. Poor Jackets. At least they play in the ACC so they only get exposed a few times a season.

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Staci

April 17th, 2010
9:50 pm

For all the crying on here by uga fans about their recruiting, Richt has the easiest job recruiting, with Miles at lsu a close second, in the conference if not country. A state stocked with talent, with no real in-state recruiting thread. Even S. Carolina and Alabama have two programs each that go head to head. And neither has the population and athletes Georgia does.

This just puts even a bigger light on Richt’s underachieving at uga. Great guy but he needs to do something big this year. It’s obvious Paul Johnson is a better coach. Not even half the talent of uga.

Dawgvet

April 17th, 2010
9:58 pm

You are right Staci. Paul Johnson does not even have half the talent of UGA. (RIP)

baddog

April 17th, 2010
10:11 pm

I have been watching Devin play for the past couple of years and he is an amazing athlete. If you are interested in seeing him in action click on this link http://www.prepcentralonline.com/pages/school?school=league_ridgeland_high_school&tag=ridgeland&label=Ridgeland#nowhere then the select the video tab and pick either the “Ridgeland squeaks past Carrolton, 27-25; takes Region crown.” or the “Ridgeland blanks rival LFO in subregion showdown, 34-0″ video. Good stuff from #2. UGA also got a commitment from Ridgeland baseball standout pitcher Alex Ridge this year!! His video is the 1st one.

ScoutDawg

April 17th, 2010
10:19 pm

You are right staci. None of those SEC Championships meant anything, or finishing number two in the country either. Too bad we can’t play for an ACC championship, by god that would mean something.

ScoutDawg

April 17th, 2010
10:22 pm

Yeah, it is obvious PJ is the better coach, just look at last year. Bock Bock staci.

Dawg'em out!

April 17th, 2010
10:22 pm

nice pickup, but lets not celebrate yet….

ScoutDawg

April 17th, 2010
10:25 pm

Yeah, easiest recruiting job, ’cause nobody but staci comes recruiting in GA, BOCK BOCK staci

Worm

April 17th, 2010
10:45 pm

Just give me Christian LeMay and I’ll be satisfied with this class!..he’ll bring enough players with him to make this an outstanding class!

True Dawg

April 17th, 2010
10:53 pm

All this talent, and no national championship to show for it…

PowerDawg

April 17th, 2010
10:57 pm

Great gets for the Dawgs. Bowman is eye-blink fast and has great feet and hips. And, by the way, he has not quit growing yet. Will probably be over 6′ by the time he signs. If not, no worries…he has all the tools.

He could become the “lock-down” corner we haven’t had since Champ.

If he gets added to the offensive package every now and then…GRAVY.

Conley is a 100 carat diamond in the rough. (Only been playing three years) He has pure ALL-SEC talent, tons of it. Got a ton of room to add some weight on that frame, too. He will start classes in January and by spring practice next year, he’ll be 200 lbs, easy. Reminds me of Hines Ward but way faster.

2011 Class is starting to shape up very nicely IMO.

reality check

April 17th, 2010
10:58 pm

2 Thoughts…. LeMay & 30-24…. Go DAWGS!

TheItalianDawg

April 17th, 2010
11:04 pm

YELLOW HAMMER,
TV commentators can talk as much as they want, the reality is every Saturday a different team will show up. as solid of a team Alabama is, at every given week they can lose to any SEC team!

Coach Johnsons Paul

April 17th, 2010
11:13 pm

AJC is my puppet. They are falling for my plot hook, line, and sinker!!!
We offer everyone…get turned down…get the Tech name in the papers!!! Am I a genius or what?!!!
We’ll really kick it in when we start getting those verbals from the 8 man football HS All-Americans.

dagrapevine

April 17th, 2010
11:18 pm

if the dawgs land the big three form valddosta they’ll be loaded.jay rome,malcolm mitchel and jermaine holmes.mitchel is another one of those atheletes that can play both sides of the line.

Otto

April 17th, 2010
11:22 pm

Get the championship trophies ready–done heard 3 teams are going to forfeit rather than get run off the field by the dawgs

Michael Carvell

April 17th, 2010
11:34 pm

steve: I covered Mike Bowman’s recruiting from start to finish. Yes, Bowman had borderline grades, but was close enough for many D1 schools to offer, including Alabama. That year, UGA was targeting exclusively out-of-state WRs, including Marlon Brown, R. Wooten, hybrid Orson Charles, etc. Bowman’s academics were better than some prospects (at other positions) that UGA signed in 2009, and Bowman did meet college entrance requirements. UGA’s Searels did flirt with Mike toward the end when UGA missed on some other targets, but by then Bowman was locked in on Alabama. It turned out well for all parties: Bowman got a ring, and UGA did an excellent job maintaining relations with both the Bowman family and Ridgeland coaching staff to recruit and secure Devin.

UGA owns you tasty bees..

April 18th, 2010
12:04 am

Im sure the little buggers are all out of sorts after the ACC-issy Champ. season, best in years, and the only two physical teams they played, not to mention deeper, tossed them around the entire game (see. Triple option out the window, aka Four desperation passes to Bay-Bee, and “Why can’t we win a bowl game???”) sees as all those ripe peaches in our wonderful state keep gettin’ picked by Mark Richt and UGA, because when you’re #1 in the state, and have a Terrific program like we do, you don’t hope for recruits, you “pick em” :P I wonder how many rings were made last year 30-24??? GT will always be second-rate.

UGA owns you tasty bees..

April 18th, 2010
12:07 am

Oh yeah, and Coach “32-C” cup size, of coarse… He is somewhere in Buckhead right now, probably having a threesome with Schultz and Bradley… Read between the lines, the love and affection are obvious..

UGA owns you tasty bees..

April 18th, 2010
12:08 am

UGA owns you tasty bees..

April 18th, 2010
12:09 am

And yes, techies, i was talking about your coach.. Now be sure to keep some ice on that eye, never should’ve punched that Dawg.. Your coaches confrontation advice is almost as bad as his offensive coaching

Flo-Ri-Duh!

April 18th, 2010
1:41 am

Most 4.3 40’s are in reality 4.4 40’s – coaches sometimes stretch the truth. That said, 4.4 is real fast. Welcome to UGA Mr. Bowman….. A 5′11″ to 6′ CB is tall enough.

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Paddy

April 18th, 2010
7:11 am

Conley caught every pass thrown to him last year! Never knew anyone that never dropped a pass. That is insane! You said he came to football late, starting when he was a freshman. Is that not when everybody starts their HS career?

Roll Tide

April 18th, 2010
8:29 am

Is Richt retired?! If Evans had a pair he’d tell him to sell the Lake House and get to work. I don’t see how Geargia fans put up with it. The team quits against the Gators and the staff suffers no consequences. What an under acheiving program.Thanksagain for Chance Warmack and James Carpenter, two geargia giants that make up the right side of our offensive front. You take Ben Jones from Alabama and give us James, Chance, and Darius Mckeller. We’re going to send Richt our next national championshio rings.

Topp Dogg

April 18th, 2010
8:50 am

Staci your a panty dropper just no takers.

Dawgbreath

April 18th, 2010
8:55 am

Every year about this time Georgia has the best recruiting class and the best football team in the SEC. Then Alabama and Florida start playing real football in the fall and finalize their recruiting classes in the winter. And Georgia football fans go back into their winter hole until they come out again in the spring. Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah……

AP

April 18th, 2010
9:05 am

There’s a DE at Harris County, that would look good in black and red……….