Georgia signee Devin Bowman meets requirements for freshman eligibility

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.

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Quaid

August 1st, 2011
6:06 pm

Big Dawg

August 1st, 2011
6:12 pm

Who’s your daddy?

Palm City Dawg

August 1st, 2011
6:13 pm

Gators 4 life

August 1st, 2011
6:13 pm

won’t matter…..you’re still going to lose come the last wknd of oct

PDX DAWG

August 1st, 2011
6:17 pm

JAWJeRDAWG

August 1st, 2011
6:20 pm

Congratulations, Devin! Welcome to UGA. Best wishes to you in the classroom and on the gridiron. .. Go Dawgs!

Tampa Gator

August 1st, 2011
6:21 pm

Now….that is a postive player story we all want to read about. Good for him. Now….fumble the ball when you get into the game against Florida sometime in the future. When is kickoff for game one?

Gators 4 life?

August 1st, 2011
6:22 pm

More like chump for life.

Tampa Gator

August 1st, 2011
6:23 pm

…….and…..kid…..redhsirt in year one and hit the books hard!

JDawg1785

August 1st, 2011
6:23 pm

Congrats and GATA, Devin!

slydog

August 1st, 2011
6:25 pm

At Gator Trolls:

This guy sounds like a serious athlete. A pick 6 or a kickoff return for a TD is more likely when this young man hits the field.

Gators 4 life

August 1st, 2011
6:25 pm

no, it’s chOmp! as in what my boys are going to do in J’ville.

Tampa Gator

August 1st, 2011
6:25 pm

English requirement? They still have English requirements…..4U2pass I-S?

Proud-Dawg

August 1st, 2011
6:26 pm

@Chip and the entire AJC staff….I love the work Chip is doing covering the Dawgs, but can we please get Chip back on the recruiting blog? <——————-READ ME

LakeDawg

August 1st, 2011
6:27 pm

Hate to be a party pooper, but how does a kid, who needs several opportunities in order to pass HS english, pass college courses?

Tampa Gator

August 1st, 2011
6:27 pm

I read somewhere the other day that 37% of high school students entering college last year has to take remedial reading and writing courses during their first year of college. Wow…..standardized testing is really working in America!

Tampa Gator

August 1st, 2011
6:31 pm

LakeDawg…..

By taking all those remedial reading, writing, math, and science classes for three years…..and getting tutors to assist with class information and testing for those courses…..and then dropping out of college after year 4 without completing the core course work….and without getting a college degree…..happens all over the country……and why the SEC comish and the NCAA are talking about changing the standards for recruits and for student-athletes in the future.

Tech Buzz

August 1st, 2011
6:37 pm

he finally passed the english test after months of trying!!! YES!!! Another football scholar at the university of football in athens!!! He’s deciding between nuclear physics and microbiology for his major, once he figures out what these words mean.

LakeDawg

August 1st, 2011
6:38 pm

Thanks Tampa Gator. That’s kind of what I thought. I’m all for tightening up academics. It will get us back to more of the true nature of college football is supposed to be.

Congratulations Devin and ignore those...

August 1st, 2011
6:39 pm

orange (wearing jean shorts) doush bags. They’re Haters and You’ll get your chance to beat the S%$#% out of this( ARROGANT IDIOTS ) very soon !!! GO DAWGS !!!

Lowcountry Bulldawg

August 1st, 2011
6:41 pm

So we signed a 6 foot guy to play corner? I thought we where recruiting guys who where 6′2? Wait for it.. Wait for it…amazing how important 1 for ya….I know, terrible. So sorry.

McDawg

August 1st, 2011
6:43 pm

Free Kent Turene!!!!!!!!!!

To Gay..tors 4 life !!!.....

August 1st, 2011
6:44 pm

Have a big plate of all you can eat (STF$#%) and GO DAWGS !!!

That's right McD. We need KT ...

August 1st, 2011
6:46 pm

In the worst way. I hope he gets clear soon.

Tampa Gator

August 1st, 2011
7:01 pm

McDawg….

I am sure Mr. Turene badly wants to get free of his Ft. Lauderdale surroundings……but JC might be the first route for him. I know USC was his first choice…..but academic standards became an issue for him there too. But let’s hope he pulls it off…..takes a year to get into academics by redshirting….and reaches his full potential….and he has a lot.

Tampa Gator

August 1st, 2011
7:03 pm

Why do people focus on grammar correction on these quickly, ever-changing website stories. If you want grammar check…..go read the newspaper. I still think they have editors for the newspapers…..at least a few.

Tampa Gator

August 1st, 2011
7:06 pm

Nice….positive post…..6:44 pm……..

Unfortunately for Dawgs…..Gator players have been helping Georgia fans get mud in their eye and face for 18 out of the last 21 years….but, I know, this summer is the year things change and the Gators turn back into the 1970s Gators…….yep…..KEEP THE DREAM ALIVE.

Dostoveyskiy

August 1st, 2011
7:06 pm

Whoopee, UGa recruit finally meets minimum English requirements. But he can sure bark with the best of them. UGa tutor program better get one of them plagiarism sensors so they can uphold the university’s academic integrity. By the way, top two party schools now located in Athens.

Russ, the Temporary Mascot

August 1st, 2011
7:17 pm

“Georgia signee Devin Bowman meets requirements for freshman eligibility.” I was there. Coach put a mirror under his nose and he fogged it! Don’t be so hard on him. Lots of people have trouble with their native tongue.

Srialien

August 1st, 2011
7:20 pm

I find it amazing what levels grown adults will stoop to in order to make themselves feel better. This article is about an 18 year old kid who just found out he will have a chance to live his dream o playing college football. Maybe just maybe he will also take advantage of the opportunity given to him and work his tail off to earn his degree and make a better life for himself. Instead of being happy for him some of you find the need to disparage his efforts. Again, this is a kid. Someone’s son, brother, nephew, etc. I am a big UGA fan but it wouldn’t matter what college he was playing for. Adults should feel completely valid in rooting against any team, ragging on CMR, or Muschamp, or Saban or whatever other coach, school, or fan you wish but It would be to everyone’s credit if the trolls could manage to simply congratulate the kid and wish him success. I enjoy reading the blogs and most of the comments submitted are alot of fun to read but denigrating a teenager on a blog is simply classless.

Cmon man

August 1st, 2011
7:26 pm

Man people on this site find every reason to make negative statements. The georgia high school graduation test has nothing to do with this kids performance in the classroom its a standardized test. This test is a load of crap and the state finally recognized this so this is the last yr of the test. Since you know so much about this kid im sure you people also know that he would have been an early enrollee had the test not slowed him down. For oneday can you people act like adults.

D A DoubleU G

August 1st, 2011
7:27 pm

Great news!!!

Go Dawgs!!

Saban

August 1st, 2011
7:27 pm

What a shame. Just another casualty of Chaokdawg and krispy kreme nation.

Boise State 66 Dawgs 0

RabidDawgFan

August 1st, 2011
7:34 pm

All these grown people on this board bashing this young man ought to be ashamed of themselves. He gets to live his dream of playing college football at one of the finest institutes in the nation. He could be one of the greatest Bulldogs to ever play. You never know a kid’s potential. If you have nothing good to say about UGA or anybody that chooses to play here, then get off the board. Simple as that.

Jimmy

August 1st, 2011
7:35 pm

First off, these aren’t “kids” they are adults. Eighteen year olds know right from wrong. If these adults want to attend college they should have been preparing themselves long before their senior years of high school.

Of course this isn’t really about academics. It’s about athletics. We all know that 25% of these “student” athletes wouldn’t even be attending any college if it weren’t for athletics. And yes this is even true for your university, Tech fans, so spare me your garbage.

Let’s just be glad that he’s eligible so we can all cheer on our teams on Saturday’s this fall. That’s what it’s all about, right?

BurbankDawg

August 1st, 2011
7:43 pm

Srialien hit the nail on the head. Go back and re-read that post!

BG

August 1st, 2011
7:44 pm

Great News!! GO DAWGS!!!

BG

August 1st, 2011
7:45 pm

Saban, Wanna put your money where your mouth is??

Mark Richt is Sleaze Personified

August 1st, 2011
7:48 pm

Bowman is just one more in a very long line of dummies recruited by Mark Richt the Sleazemeister. Here’s a guy who can barely get through high school, and you think he’s a legitimate college student? Give me a break!

Maybe UGA has a degree he can qualify for, like License Plate Manufacture.

Ten to one this dummy will be mopping floors a couple of years from now.

Cmon man

August 1st, 2011
7:52 pm

jimmy jealousy is a weak emotion! Im sorry GOD didnt bless you with the ability to have your college education paid for because of your athletic ability

bardawg

August 1st, 2011
7:57 pm

BurbankDawg, I concur.

Poopdawg

August 1st, 2011
7:57 pm

Sleaze, whats wrong with mopping floors? Your mom does it for you I know.

RedandBlackDAWG

August 1st, 2011
8:00 pm

Good luck to the young man. I hope that he redshirts for the first year so he can get his academics down pat, and be ready to go next year.

Tech. buzz, don’t worry about him playing against you this year. He can take the day off, since your team doesn’t pass much anyway. Your RB’s, will never get that deep into the defense of the DAWGS for him to worry about tackling a RB. SEE, It all works out.

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Kind of sad... NOT!

August 1st, 2011
8:01 pm

It’s kind of sad to see all the Dawg fans getting so excited this year (just like the year before, the year before that, etc.). How long is it going to take for UGA fans to realize that UGA is simply no longer relevant in the SEC? In the national picture, UGA isn’t even a blip on the radar, and hasn’t been since the preseason #1 ranking three years ago.

Sit back and be grateful for the six or seven wins you’ll get every year. Coaching genius Mark Richt may take you to 8-4 or even 9-3 occasionally, but Florida will still win the SEC, meaning no BCS bowls and no top 10 final ranking. Most years, UGA will be very lucky to finish in the top 25, and only after a big bowl win over a nobody opponent.

It’s a different world now, and Dawg fans need to adjust their expectations downward to reflect reality.

Unfortunately nothing is going to change until UGA changes its mediocre coaching. That’s where the difference is, and that’s why everyone outside Dawgtard Nation just laughs at Dawg fans getting so excited year after year about what a great recruiting class UGA gets. It doesn’t matter how many blue chip high school players go to UGA, they simply don’t get the coaching they would get at Florida or Alabama, to name two schools whose programs are far ahead of UGA. And that’s not going to change as long as Mark Richt is in Athens.

Get your heads out of the sand and face reality. And mediocrity and irrelevance. 

Rick

August 1st, 2011
8:01 pm

We people of Georgia don’t speak english anyway. Who cares.

SugarHillDawg

August 1st, 2011
8:05 pm

It REALLY would be exciting if he was a JUCO O-lineman!!!

Delbert D.

August 1st, 2011
8:11 pm

Look the word up on urbandictionaryDotCom and look it up. You’ll be amazed at what it means.

Delbert D.

August 1st, 2011
8:15 pm

I had to try to phrase that carefully, but I still messed up. My attempted quote from that source for the word got blocked. I’m probably banned for sure now.

RedandBlackDAWG

August 1st, 2011
8:17 pm

Can a guy that is put on a medical scholarship, ever come off that and play again at the same school, where he had a medical scholarship? Just curious, since A big offensive lineman from GA. that went to Alabama, was put on medical scholarship in 2010, and is now going to S. Alabama to play in 2012 , after sitting out a year.

midland Dog

August 1st, 2011
8:18 pm

Tthere are so many idiots that post pure hatred for an 18 year old kid that they have never even met on this site. It makes me sick. These posters are pathetic, and need to just shut the hell up.