Athens — Devin Bowman is in.
That’s the word from his high school coach, who confirmed that the talented athlete out of Rossville had met his final requirement for freshman eligibility at Georgia. Bowman, who met all other criteria for admission, had been hung up on the English portion of the state-required high school education test for several months.
“He made the score; we got word today that he had passed,” Ridgeland High School coach Mark Mariakis said. “So he talked to Georgia today and told me that they’re trying to work it out so he can be there tomorrow. He’s done everything he needed to do and he’s ready to go.”
Mariakis said the report of the passing score was sent by email Monday to Ridgeland High School guidance counselors, who forwarded the results to him. He then called Bowman and delivered the news to him and his mother.
Georgia’s football players are scheduled to report to Athens for preseason camp by Tuesday evening. The first practice is Thursday.
“His reaction was what you’d think it’d be,” Mariakis said. “Him and his mom were just elated and relieved. Mom was crying and celebrating at the same time. Devin was just relieved. He had a real, lets-get-to-work kind of attitude about him, that kind of thing. He’s just glad to have it over with so he can get on with doing what he loves doing.”
Bowman is a 6-foot, 175-pound athlete who starred on both sides of the ball at Ridgeland. He finished with 1,567 yards rushing, 503 yards receiving, 18 touchdowns and seven interceptions while playing running back, wide receiver, defensive back and kick returner in high school. He was signed by the Bulldogs to play cornerback.
Bowman has not yet returned calls seeking comment.
If Bowman is admitted as expected, the Bulldogs will have 24 of the 26 players they signed in February on campus for preseason camp. The transcript of linebacker Kent Turene of Lauderdale Lakes, Fla., remains hung up in the NCAA Eligibility Center awaiting approval. Chris Mayes, a defensive tackle out of Spalding High School in Griffin, was unable to meet entrance requirements and has enrolled at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.