Phil Kornblut

In-state defender Davonne Bowen intrigued by Gamecocks offer

Davonne Bowen of Woodmont High camped at South Carolina on Saturday.
Davonne Bowen of Woodmont High camped at South Carolina on Saturday.

South Carolina held the first of its football camps Saturday, and the Gamecocks got a good look at in-state defender Davonne Bowen of Woodmont High.

The defensive coaches must have liked what they saw because the linebacker picked up an offer, giving him a total of 20.

“It’s truly a blessing and it’s really like a relief to finally get the offer,” Bowen said. “I’ve been looking and waiting for that USC offer to come in. They’ve been showing lots of interest and have been recruiting me for some time now. The coaches were saying they love my skill set and my athleticism and that I have the gift and talent and work ethic to play all four linebacker positions.”

Bowen (6-2, 214) is still keeping options open at the moment, but the opportunity given him by Will Muschamp and USC might prove too strong to pass on.

“I’ve been a fan of Muschamp’s ever since he was at Florida,” he said. “I’ve always been a fan of the way he coaches and especially him being not only the head coach but a more defensive coach is something I really have a huge interest in. And I really like TRob’s (Travaris Robinson) personality. He’s real energetic and hype and likes to interact and have fun with that players. Those are the kinds things I’d definitely love playing under. The facilities are top notch. Everything about them just looks fantastic.”

Bowen, who had 14 sacks as a junior, also has offers from Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Marshall, Towson, Appalachian State, Georgia Southern, Army, Furman, Charleston Southern, Coastal Carolina, Nevada and others.

“It really puts USC in my top choices,” he said. “I’ve always loved USC and I have really been waiting on the offer. I plan on visiting Missouri, Maryland, Wake Forest, Louisville and some others schools may be added to the list but I will definitely be back to USC. I really don’t have a commit date. I’m just gonna decide to up and commit.”

Other offers dished out Saturday by the Gamecocks included ones to 2018 linebacker Dax Hollifield (6-1 220) of Shelby, NC; 2019 receiver Jacoby Pinckney (6-3 192) of Dorman; and 2018 defensive back Steven Gilmore Jr. (5-10 160) of South Pointe, brother of former Gamecocks star Stephon Gilmore.