One of Georgia’s top linebackers has committed to Vanderbilt.
Nigel Bowden, a chiseled 6-foot, 237-pound linebacker from Central Macon High School, said he picked the Commodores over his runner-up, Georgia Tech, which appeared to be on the brink of offering a football scholarship. Bowden held offers from Vanderbilt, Louisville, Mississippi State and Ole Miss, while Tennessee was also very close.
“I wasn’t planning on committing today but it just felt right,” Bowden told the AJC. “I was planning on going back to Georgia Tech for another Junior Day, and then going back to Vanderbilt. But today, everything came together.
“I love the coaches. Coach [James Franklin] is so passionate about everything with football. He doesn’t really talk a lot about putting players in the NFL, like other schools do. The other ones send you mail about all the guys they’ve put into the NFL.
“Vanderbilt sends you mail talking about academics and education. Coach