4-star LB picks Vanderbilt for second time after de-committing from Georgia Tech

Nigel Bowden said he no longer plans any future visits to Georgia Tech.

Will third time be a charm for 4-star LB? (AJC)

Will third time be a charm for 4-star LB? (AJC)

The 4-star linebacker from Central Macon High School has had a roller-coaster ride in recruiting over the last few months: He committed to Vanderbilt in March, switched to Georgia Tech on June 1, then opened things back up the very next day because he felt like he rushed it.

After two de-commits, Bowden said there won’t be a third one.

The 6-foot, 238-pounder made an unofficial visit to Vanderbilt last weekend and committed to the Commodores for a second time.

“It felt more like a family down there,” Bowden said. “I felt very comfortable around the freshmen and other recruits committed now, guys like [Cedar Grove QB] Johnathon McCrary. We’re all ready to come together as a team.”

What was the deciding factors between Vanderbilt and Georgia Tech?  “I feel like I fit in better in Vanderbilt’s 4-3 defense than  I did with the 3-4 at Georgia  Tech. And in practices every day at Vanderbilt, I can go against a pro-style offense which will make me an even better player.”

Bowden had said he planned to visit Georgia Tech again, but now says he won’t. “I’m done with recruiting. I told my [high school] coach, the only place I will probably go back and visit will be Vanderbilt.”

Georgia Tech still has seven commitments for its 2013 recruiting class.

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Mountain Dawg

June 19th, 2012
3:15 am

I hope he studies Geography at Vandy!

RedandBlackDAWG

June 19th, 2012
4:50 am

It is not all that unusual for a kid to want to play in the 4-3 versus the 3-4, if they are not familiar with it. I think the big thing though, is he didn’t want to practice all the time against the Triple Option, as he has NFL stars in his eyes, and thinks he would fit in better with the team running the more conventional style of offense. He looks like a player, so I think he will do OK at Vanderbilt. He will probably be able to put on 20 pounds and become a beast for them.

Poopdawg

June 19th, 2012
5:23 am

Tech’s defense would rarely practice against Tech’s triple option offense due to the fact Tech’s defense will not see the option on GAME DAY. Sounds like Coach Franklin is recruiting pretty hard with whatever it takes to convince a recruit.

Buzz2011

June 19th, 2012
5:43 am

Good the kid can turn nto a Dawg tamer!!! Vandy is already favored this year over the Dogs anyway, right?

brick

June 19th, 2012
5:54 am

Thats certainly a title he couldn’t earn at Tech right Buzz. As for Vandy being favored of UGA this fall I am pretty sure you know thats not the case.

Destin Dawg

June 19th, 2012
6:04 am

Looks like Franklin is going to make Vandy a contender ??

Beast from the East

June 19th, 2012
6:22 am

Can’t go wrong either way if you’re looking for a great education.
Congrats, young man!

Beast from the East

June 19th, 2012
6:27 am

Destin Dawg,
A contender for what? Vandy will be competive and pull an upset on occasion (2006 vs UGA) but they will never contend for any kind of title in the SEC in football.

bitter "spoiled recruit"

June 19th, 2012
7:03 am

franklin is gone after this year——bad coice kid——tech would have allowed you to play IN FRONT OF THE HOME FOLKS ——GET IT———————–DUMMY

[...] like the negative recruiting is working just fine, thanks. What was the deciding factors between Vanderbilt and Georgia Tech? [...]

tony

June 19th, 2012
7:12 am

Good for you young man. Your 1st decision is usually the right decision.

Mr. T

June 19th, 2012
7:13 am

Vandy is a great school, but son do you realize the percentage of players make it to the next level?

Jacket Man

June 19th, 2012
7:16 am

Like what another poster had said, 1st/2nd team defenses at Tech do NOT practice against the GA Tech TO/Spread Option 1st/2nd team offenses, so Franklin sold the kid a pile of garbage with that line. It causes one to pause and wonder what other points of “misinformation” he might have shared with him, doesn’t it?

Regardless, best of luck to Nigel. Nashville is nice town and Vandy is a great second option, just depending on what your educational plans would be.

GT = 10 time loser to Mark Richt

June 19th, 2012
7:20 am

Yeah Jacket Man. Look at all those former Tech football players who are engineers.

Eastside Jacket

June 19th, 2012
7:33 am

Best of luck to Nigel. Vanderbilt’s a great school and I’m sure he’ll do well there. However, someone needs to explain to him the purpose of the Scout team. That’s who he’ll be going against in practice every day, not the first team offense.

James D

June 19th, 2012
7:40 am

Granted Tech’s D doesn’t practice against the triple option all the time. However the feux spread/pro offense they get to face would suck. Training against second team players who really don’t know how to run anything other than a triple option is not going to get you ready for the pros. In reality there is nothing at GT gets you ready for the pros. I will give GT some credit, the Cheetah is way better than Toppers.

TX Jacket

June 19th, 2012
7:41 am

I would have preferred him to play for GT but Vandy is a good school as well. He will have a good education offered to him and if he is good enough to turn pro, more power to him. Hopefully he won’t major in something useless like turf management or hotel science.

DIT

June 19th, 2012
7:45 am

I agree with several on here. I think this kid was fed a bunch of garbage by Franklin. I’m pretty sure that there are more GT players than Vandy players in the NFL. I just hope this young man does not wake up a year from now and realizes that he might of made the wrong decision.
Then again, it depends on what his major is. We all know that Vandy is a very good university. Best of luck to him.

Game Changer

June 19th, 2012
8:06 am

@ALL

Franklin will build a strong program at Vandy. Malek Graeves is as good a db/s as any in the country. Seveal more players commited that are four star athletes but dont get the love because of it being Vandy. The whole system is a joke from rivals, 24/7, espn etc for money making. How any player would be ranked in the top 25 of a class as a pro style QB and throws 8 or fewer passes per game is all the evidence one needs.

Just the Facts:

1) Very few guaranteed for success upper tier football players each year
2) A whole lot of 2 star to 4 star players that will be all that provided three things: 1) character 2) intelligence 3) improved physical makeup
3)

kingdaddy

June 19th, 2012
8:07 am

I’ve wished this same kid congragulations twice already, I won’t do it again. He’s obviously a confused and easily manipulated young man. Techies, I’m sorry you wasted your time recruiting this wishy-washy prima-donna, so I’ll wish you bumble-bees better luck and don’t take this one to hard. You have to look at the source and to all of you numb-nutz who think this poor young man should be able to change his mind as much as he wants, I say “stow-it”. This kid seems selfish and immature. I won’t be supprised to read that he’s changed his mind again. He likes being in front of a camera almost as much as our POTUS…

Game Changer

June 19th, 2012
8:08 am

3) coaching up the athlete
4) being given the opportunity to compete each week and play on game day

Just look at how UGA has failed at these benchmarks for years

Just Saying

June 19th, 2012
8:09 am

“good education”? Vanderbilt University is more highly ranked than GT so yes, he will have an opportunity to earn an outstanding education. The young man has family health issues which resulted in him feeling he should stay closer to home, hence GT. However, his family urged him to go with his heart and not feel as if he needed to forego his heart to be close to them. Thus he chose Vanderbilt. Franklin is doing a surprisingly strong job at Vanderbilt. It is a fact Franklin has recruited the state of Georgia since his arrival at VU much better than Fish Fry and GT. Before you GT supporters toss out the old tired and worn out “academic” issue, Vanderbilt is more highly ranked than GT, and the young men Vandy pursue are high calibre academic achievers.

Crap

June 19th, 2012
8:10 am

TX Jackass: You are one condescending sob.

GTruth

June 19th, 2012
8:13 am

I questioned his ability to pass calculus in the first place. He’s a better fit for the SEC.

Do I need to explain why?

tom

June 19th, 2012
8:13 am

james = typical ignorant uga fan

look at me now...

June 19th, 2012
8:14 am

I wish the kid well. He had a couple of really good options and he chose Vandy. Franklin is building and changing the culture over in Nashville.
I think he’ll have them viewed as a viable contender before too long. It’s good to see them not only give the SEC some academic credibility but also compete in recruiting and on the field.

www

June 19th, 2012
8:14 am

“in practices every day at Vanderbilt, I can go against a pro-style offense which will make me an even better player”

sounds like coach franklin is lying to another recruit.

Game Changer

June 19th, 2012
8:16 am

How to produce best football team in college with easy degrees offered:

What are the top degrees that would need to be offered:

Hotel Mangement
Public housing
Turf Management
UGA- four years special studies and leave without degree
Janitorial Services

any others anyone wants to suggest

Game Changer

June 19th, 2012
8:18 am

Gtruth: please dont post that calculus stuff, our UGA football players not only have never heard of that subject but cannot spell the word, most of your football players cannot spell calculus either.

evil empire

June 19th, 2012
8:22 am

A contender for what? Vandy will be competive and pull an upset on occasion (2006 vs UGA) but they will never contend for any kind of title in the SEC in football.
___________________________________________________________

in the same time period, Vandy has beaten uga as many times as uga has beaten Florida…

Cdpridg

June 19th, 2012
8:30 am

Evil….are you sure about your statement?

Jacket Man

June 19th, 2012
8:30 am

GT = 10 time loser to Mark Richt, yes, let’s look at all of those GA Tech football players who are engineers, architects, and computer science majors versus what majors at UGA? The EASIEST major at GA Tech correlates with the MOST DIFFICULT majors at UGA. So what’s your point?

Game Changer

June 19th, 2012
8:33 am

@ALL

Congratulations to SEAN SPENCER for the commitment to play football at VANDY also. It is ashame that you were not offered by the UGA coaching staff:

I THINK IT IS BECAUSE YOU ARE WHITE, INTELLIGENT, GREAT IMAGE, UGA FOOTBALL does not want to chance losing the THUG U IMAGE by recruiting QUALITY INDIVIDUALS LIKE YOURSELF.

Congratulations on this commitment Franklin, I am sure this kid will make you and the Vandy Alums proud.

kingdaddy

June 19th, 2012
8:34 am

I saw a lot of classy post on here this morning and it makes me wonder where we went wrong as a society. I can deal with a de-commit, but a de-de-commit is just too damn funny. To all you classy people that are ok with this, I have one question, “When is enough, enough? “What if he changes his mind again, are you going to be “ok” with that too? Yeah, I know, I said one question, lol. I may be in the minority here, but making excuses for this kids indecision is not doing him any favors. Someone needs to take him off to the side and give him a heads-up on the term “commitment”…

Moobs Johnson

June 19th, 2012
8:35 am

Vandy may have a pro-style offense but it still is Vandy. Will that really prep you for the NFL?

kingster

June 19th, 2012
8:39 am

RedandBlackDawg, your knowledge of football isn’t very good, the first team defense prepares for the the next team they play offense, not against their own 1st team offense, but you are a UGA fan, should know that.

4.29 GPA with 4.35 speed 40-yard dash Captain Football Team on-board.

June 19th, 2012
8:43 am

Nigel Bowden, Central Macon, is a 3-star with James Franklin’s average recruit 2.69, according to Scout.com for # 36-ranked middle linebacker with 4.61 speed in the 40-yard dash. He looks to be a solid player and his comments about his previous commitment are succinct that he wants to play on a better defense and wants to practice against an offense, the likes of which he will see every week the rest of his life – and, to think they wonder why Paul Johnson 2.75 average recruit averages the # 52 recruiting class. All this according to Scout. Rivals has him listed as 4-star as reported on the blog post.

Game Changer

June 19th, 2012
8:46 am

@kingdaddy

As a UGA fans or alum, whichever you are — you should be very ashame of how the UGA football program, Richt and coaches would hold a scholarship for black kids that cannot qualify and did not do the academic work in high school. The very idea that UGA did not even recruit or offer Sean Spencer shows just what the climate in Butts Mehre and UGA FOOTBALL program has become.

While you write about other programs and kids, you should look at how bad UGA football program has become. BMIOF

bucket

June 19th, 2012
8:48 am

It is pretty pathetic for people to be posing as fans of a team on a blog when they are clearly not a fan.

Buckeye

June 19th, 2012
8:49 am

Good decision, kid.

kingster

June 19th, 2012
8:51 am

DIT I agree with you, excellent comment

dawgs01

June 19th, 2012
8:52 am

Very good pick up for vandy. This kid could be an all sec linebacker his junior and senior seasons. Vanderbilt is slowly putting together its best class in school history. Franklin is a hard nose coach and a relentless worker and it is getting results. I expect vanderbilt to be extremely competitive this yr and wake forest and northwestern will quit scheduling them so they can get that sec win. I would not be surprise if vandy wins 8 games this yr would not surprise me at all.

kingster

June 19th, 2012
8:55 am

Coach Franklin, you have offered a lot of kids a ride, just like Alabama, you’re going to have to tell a few kids no we don’t need you anymore, very bad for your program, Vandy is no where close to the programs at Alabama, UGA and Florida, you need to check yourself.

dawgs01

June 19th, 2012
8:56 am

Vandy has their share of players in the nfl. More than you would think mostly on the defensive side. Vandy has usually fielded a good defense. they just dont have the depth so in the fourth quarter games would get away from them but they are getting better on offense with franklin coaching them.

Tommy

June 19th, 2012
8:56 am

From the high school and region he is from , he would not have made it academically at GT.

Wet Willie...keep on smiling

June 19th, 2012
8:57 am

The kid can go play at Vandy where they have about 28k show up for home games unless Alabama or Tenn is on their home schedule. Vandy and academics…hell I thought it was about football then again if your teams sucks then by all means revert to academics for something positive.

Frankink will NEVER be at Vandy more than 3 years. GT should be on him or Mike Leach after this year. Paul can coach but recruiting is all uphill with the bone. These kids today want no part of that offense. I understand Paul wins games but you’re stuck at this point.

kingdaddy

June 19th, 2012
9:00 am

GC,
I’m not familiar with Sean Spencer but CTG is building “his” defense and if he didn’t offer this young man, I’m sure “he” had a reason. I don’t worry about S.C. recruiting and don’t understand why you condemn everything UGA does. Hey man, everybody has a right to their opinion. I don’t know of Sean, so its hard for me to answer your question…

Buzzkill

June 19th, 2012
9:00 am

I love how tech fans time and time again bring up academics when talking about their football team. First of all this is football, no fan out there would honestly take higher GPA over wins. Second, if you think the degree of difficulty of academic workloads for football players from school to school varies significantly you are delusional. Playing football at a big time program (and I include tech in that solely for the sake of argument) is a full time job. Do you really think your tech football players are out there pursuing an engineering degree as well, which is also a full time job and then some? Get real, these players have their hands held through the entire process. These kids want a shot at the NFL, so dump the highschool offense and install something that better prepares them to have a chance at doing so and you will get better players. End of story.

Game Changer

June 19th, 2012
9:01 am

@kingster

Vandy coaching staff is better than UGA currently. Vandy educationis much better than UGA. Image and Character of football program is respected unlike UGA. Vandy head coach Franklin will demand excellance by all players in academics and football. Vandy coach will kick you off team if your attitude or actions are detrimental to team unlike Mark Richt and UGA. Many more reasons why Vandy will continue moving up with Franklin and the Vandy Alums commiting to the University and Athletic programs more funding.

Vandy top three sports: football, basketball, baseball

Vandy is way ahead of the UGA programs, have a clue.

BMIOF

DawginLex

June 19th, 2012
9:02 am

Fellow Dawgs

Isn’t it a source of comfort to know that a loyal Dawg like Game changer is on our side?????????????