Nigel Bowden: Ex-Georgia Tech commit is still considering Jackets

4-star LB Nigel Bowden says he will likely sign with Vanderbilt or Georgia Tech (AJC)

4-star LB Nigel Bowden says he will likely sign with Vanderbilt or Georgia Tech (AJC)

Nigel Bowden, who recently de-committed from Georgia Tech, said he is still considering the Yellow Jackets and will likely sign with them or Vanderbilt.

The 6-foot, 238-pounder from Central Macon High School originally committed to Vanderbilt then switched to Georgia Tech in early June. One day after making the switch, Bowden said he realized he may have rushed his decision.

The 4-star linebacker is currently not committed to any school.

“I talked with my coach, my family and everybody, and they felt like I might be doing things in too much of a rush … and after thinking about it some, I felt the same way,” Bowden told the AJC on Thursday.

“This is one of the biggest decisions of my life, and they want me to be happy at the place I’m going to spend the next 4-5 years of my life. So I decided to take a step back and look at everything some more. I’m going to visit Georgia Tech and Vanderbilt a lot more, and it’s going to be either one of them.”

Bowden said Georgia Tech recruiting coordinator Andy McCollum was sympathetic about the situation when they talked. “Coach Andy understood what I was doing and why I was doing it. He told me I need to handle things in the way that make me feel most comfortable.”

What’s next for Bowden? He was supposed to make an unofficial visit  to Vanderbilt this weekend but had to cancel because of his family’s car trouble. He hopes to make at least another trip to both Georgia Tech and Vanderbilt this summer, and then take official visits to each finalist in the fall.

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The Truth

June 14th, 2012
3:23 pm

Stay in you home state Nigel. We need both UGA and GT to be strong. UGA even needs GT to be strong for SOS purposes.

kingdaddy

June 14th, 2012
3:23 pm

kingdaddy

June 14th, 2012
3:35 pm

Nigel
Don’t waste your time with Vandy. Georgia Tech needs you and you could make an impact at a very good program that needs LBs. They will take a small class at Tech, but it will be a good one if you are a part of it. Good Luck with your decision Big Man. GO DOGGIES…

Georgia DAWGS

June 14th, 2012
3:44 pm

Tech and their recruiting raises its ugly head once more….. Yaaaaaawnnn what else is new… they will have about a top 50 class once again once its said and done..

KyleFSU

June 14th, 2012
3:48 pm

Wonder if Nigel has been spending any time on CoachWatcher.com checking out the two programs and coaching staffs and such. Please come to the ACC!!

GTPhenom

June 14th, 2012
3:48 pm

Georgia DAWGS, funny that you fail to mention that Rivals has us in the top thirty as of the last ranking, and that GT’s average stars are comparable to UGA’s. But don’t let facts get in the way of your reality buddy.

A person SMART enough to know......

June 14th, 2012
3:50 pm

You UGa fans don’t like Paul Johnson’s statements on Pulling offers or Commitment but now you cry when it happens to the Dwags.
There are FEW people whose word means a damn thing in this day & time. Cops, Politicians, or 17 year old KIDS.
UNTIL the LOI’s are FAXED in Feb. these kids will change their minds a hundred times about most decisions they make like their girlfriend, favorite car, or college that seems the best fit.

Supersize that order, mutt

June 14th, 2012
3:50 pm

@ kingdaddy…..classy post. Unlike the one made after yours by Georgia DWAGS

Yellow JACKETS

June 14th, 2012
3:50 pm

And Georgia and their Top 5 classes still have nothing to show :( Keep on hating fool

Rick James

June 14th, 2012
3:51 pm

RHall55

June 14th, 2012
3:54 pm

These kids need to take their time and their visits before making their decisions!! They need the dating process before they put that ring on theri figure!! Mr Bowden!! Mr Henry!! Who is next??

FL Jacket

June 14th, 2012
3:59 pm

Whose reaction would you prefer as a recruit?

Andy McCollum’s sympathy…or James Franklin’s guilt trip?

A person SMART enough to know......

June 14th, 2012
3:59 pm

Nigel………….if you choose VABDY…..Rick James will Drive you around to hid McDonald’s in his Bentley with His Daughter(the vandy Student) in the back seat with you.

HighTech

June 14th, 2012
4:01 pm

Atlanta > Nashville
Bobby Dodd Stadium (55,000) > Dudley Field (39,790)
Playing for Conference Titles > Playing for Bowl Eligibility
Clean Old Fashioned Hate > Vandy-Ole Miss or Tennessee Rivalry
Paul Johnson > James Franklin

therefore

Georgia Tech > Vanderbilt

Just my opinion, of course, but believe me when I say it’s great to be a Yellow Jacket.

Footballrules

June 14th, 2012
4:02 pm

Now, now. Don’t be too judgemental of Georgia DAWGS. Georgia DAWGS was highly regarded as a player coming out of high school. In fact, it is said that both SCOUT and RIVALS held special board meetings, and acutally considered giving him SIX stars in their ratings systems. Georgia DAWGS….can’t quite recall…where exactly did you end up starring as an All-American?

HighTech

June 14th, 2012
4:06 pm

SMART…you forget that Rick James doesn’t drive his Bentley to Nashville. It only gets 14 mpg. He would have to drive Nigel around in his Ferrari.

Put Your Jacket On

June 14th, 2012
4:19 pm

It’s really a question of being at the bottom of the SEC or at the top of the ACC. Both are good schools and earning potential is the same with the degree. NFL potential is the same, though a slight lean to GT running the 3 – 4 pro-style defense by Al Groh.

Charlie Murphy

June 14th, 2012
4:20 pm

Rick James, shut up. I’ve slapped you around before and I can do it again. You are such a freak.

BLT

June 14th, 2012
4:22 pm

“Tech and their recruiting raises its ugly head once more….. Yaaaaaawnnn what else is new… they will have about a top 50 class once again once its said and done..”

Not meant to be a factual statement.

old dog

June 14th, 2012
4:27 pm

Hopefully he stays at home. Gt and UGA need to keep the best homegrown talent. Y’all are coming….in spite of what my fellow dawgs may say y’all (apparantly) have out-recruited us on the o-line….thats why FINALLY after we get whacked at the end of the year by someone we will realize that last year better opponants adjusted at 1/2 time (the better teams, mind you) and stuffed our o-line. \This year, they won’t have to wait ’till the half…they’ll be doing it from the get-go! then we will realize we gotta get o-linemen! The rivalry is coming back….if y’all can get ANY KIND of QB play this year you will suprise some folks.

A person SMART enough to know......

June 14th, 2012
4:33 pm

HT……….I Love Nashville…….But it is really more of White Country Music fan kinda town. I wouldn’t say Atlanta is Better just better at DIFFERENT THINGS. We have MORE of Everything compared to Nashville and that Includes the BAD stuff too. LOL

BLT

June 14th, 2012
4:33 pm

Yes old dog, I hear CMR wants at least 30 RBs in the stable.

A person SMART enough to know......

June 14th, 2012
4:34 pm

HT………..I know. RICK will drive him around Atlanta to show Nigel the McDonald’s here when his daughter is home for the summer.

lucky21

June 14th, 2012
4:38 pm

Thanks for the comments old dog, and I agree that this year could be special for the jackets.

Rick James

June 14th, 2012
4:42 pm

@A person SMART enough to know……

HT………..I know. RICK will drive him around Atlanta to show Nigel the McDonald’s here when his daughter is home for the summer.
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Actually she’s in Nashville this summer working at a business I have there..

old dog

June 14th, 2012
4:43 pm

@BLT,
He’ll need 30 by the time they get beaten to death w/o the run-blocking we so desperately need. By the end of the season, we will be down to 2 or 3! lol

old dog

June 14th, 2012
4:45 pm

Sorry for all the grammatical errors on the post about our line….I get so mad thinking about how we let it take a back seat that I get sloppy!!!!!!!!

Ramblin Man

June 14th, 2012
4:45 pm

Nigel just make the commit you feel secure with and hopefully that means GT. Main factor here is will Franklin continue to lay the guilt on. What really needs to happen is for GT to have a good season and win a Damn bowl game. Does not help that a loss is the last impression we leave these kids with.

nash

June 14th, 2012
5:05 pm

I had know idea that he decommitted that fast

BLT

June 14th, 2012
5:08 pm

@old dog, you have a great sense of humor and I appreciate it. I’m sure Georgia will get some O-Line soon. Thanks for not bring the BS to the Tech blog. God Bless you!

All of this recruiting business is just a waste of time until a LOI is signed and even then I wonder if it will stick. I’m sick of the “Hat Trick” stunts by the media and prima donna recruits. I’d rather have the humble and serious kids that want to compete while getting a good education (Tech or UGA).

GTBob, they do offer a good education at UGA (it depends on the degree). So save it.

A person SMART enough to know......

June 14th, 2012
5:23 pm

Rick James WHAT business do you have in Nashville?

old dog

June 14th, 2012
5:25 pm

As I’ve said before…I’m for y’all when y’all are not playing us. The little back I have mentioned previously (Brent Cunningham) was from around here, so even though we were UGA fans, we went to see him play anyway. (I watched him torch Clemson and set a record.) Rivalries are good….good natured ribbing and giving each other down the road, but they ain’t gotta be nasty!

reality

June 14th, 2012
5:35 pm

“Bottom of the SEC or top of the ACC” – I thought this battle was between Georgia Tech and Vandy. I get the bottom of SEC but who are you talking about top of ACC?

cuttysark

June 14th, 2012
5:49 pm

@BLT

I couldn’t agree more regarding all of this last minute switching of schools and the hat trick nonsense. Here is the latest example of a high school recruit acting with no class and degrading the recruiting process; http://www.dailybreeze.com/ci_20819937/after-misdirection-narbonne-qb-williams-picks-washington

Go Dawgs!

June 14th, 2012
5:51 pm

GTPhenom’s argument was that GT is in the top 30 for recruiting?? HAHAHA Wow, you Techies amaze me. Talk about reality huh? Geeze

Priceless

June 14th, 2012
6:11 pm

@cuttysark,

Sad article to be certain. Funny, so many people deride CPJ because he tries to eliminate that. Question? What’s SO offensive to say “if you are looking we are looking?”. So many people say that’s arrogance (heady…that’s for you), yet when the shoes on the other foot it’s not such a great thing. I believe UGA is has been going through that for the last few days. Of course that kid is beginning trashed now.

BLT

June 14th, 2012
6:17 pm

“GTPhenom’s argument was that GT is in the top 30 for recruiting?? HAHAHA Wow, you Techies amaze me. Talk about reality huh? Geeze”

I’m guessing you are not keeping up with Tech recruiting. That’s OK. Please continue with your post. They are classic and will be reposted in the future. I hope you like crow.

cuttysark

June 14th, 2012
6:26 pm

@ Priceless;

I’m in agreement with the Paul Johson approach about looking around. What I’m really waiting for is for some coach to come out after being selected from the musical hats comedy routine and say; Based on your recent display of an utter lack of sportsmanship and judgment in conjunction with your “me first attitude” displayed in your selection process for the media, we have decided to rescind our scholarship offer to you. Your selfish act was uncalled for and an embarrasment for college football.”

That will stop all of this drama real fast. Pick a school and do it with some class and dignity, as opposed to a Kindergarten game of musical chairs.

Rick James

June 14th, 2012
6:30 pm

@A person SMART enough to know……

Rick James WHAT business do you have in Nashville?
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Music publishing

cuttysark

June 14th, 2012
7:08 pm

Just read that Nkemdiche has comitted to Clemson

A person SMART enough to know......

June 14th, 2012
7:15 pm

RICK JAMES………..COOL you deal with Country? or more a 12th & Porter kinda guy? Jack of the White Stripes has his Studio & Museum in Nashville too.

Rick James

June 14th, 2012
7:40 pm

@A person SMART enough to know……

RICK JAMES………..COOL you deal with Country? or more a 12th & Porter kinda guy? Jack of the White Stripes has his Studio & Museum in Nashville too
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I deal with anything that makes money.Country is some of the last “real” music that left with “real” musicians and “real people” But I like everything from the blues to Elvis.

A person SMART enough to know......

June 14th, 2012
7:45 pm

COOL …..Rick………….I love South Street on Music Row when I am in town to eat and see Country music Stars and producers.

Rick James

June 14th, 2012
8:19 pm

@A person SMART enough to know……

When Pac Man(now Adam) Jones played with the Titans he lived next door to George Jones who would let us ride ATV’s on his property

A person SMART enough to know......

June 14th, 2012
8:28 pm

Was GEORGE SOBER? LOL that would be a rarity.

HighTech

June 14th, 2012
8:31 pm

Rick James…Do you know Bruce Burch?

A person SMART enough to know......

June 14th, 2012
8:33 pm

ick my best was doing work for REBA………..I didn’t even know it was her Farm. Down the road comes this F-150 4X4 King Cab jacked up maybe 3 feet off normal. She jumps out of the truck and has Sweet Tea and Ham Sandwiches for US. We were laying Fiber-Optic Cable to her house. She was just like Hi Boys. Y’all hungry and need a drink? Her JUMPING pout of the truck was funny, but her trying to CLIMB back in was crazy. LOL this was in 93.

A person SMART enough to know......

June 14th, 2012
8:35 pm

sorry……..RICK

Buzzzed

June 14th, 2012
9:25 pm

Hope there is still a spot for him by the time he makes his mind up.

bitter//dawgs insider

June 14th, 2012
9:31 pm

Somebody stop the stupidity of of A JACK A$$ SO SMART———-FOOLISH LITTLE TWIT