The Gamecocks continue to mine the state of South Carolina for talent and added another in-state prospect to the 2017 class on Wednesday when 3-star Woodmont defensive end Davonne Bowen committed to South Carolina.
Bowen's commitment comes as little surprise. He was offered on Saturday and then announced he would be making his decision on Monday, so it did not take him long to pull the trigger in the Gamecocks' favor. While he plays defensive end for his high school team, South Carolina likes Bowen at linebacker going forward and believe he could be a perfect fit in Will Muschamp's defensive scheme. He joins Ridge View's Damani Staley as the Gamecocks' first two linebacker commitments of the 2017 cycle.
My Commitment! pic.twitter.com/KhB2OGaORD— Davonne Bowen (@Truth_Bowen) June 8, 2016
Bowen, at 6'2 and 220 pounds, has elite speed for the linebacker position. In fact, he ran a 10.86 second 100 meter dash time in track this past spring, which, for a player his size, is downright scary. That speed alone gives him a good chance of coming to school, putting on muscle and developing into a guy that quickly outplays his 3-star ranking. Additionally, Bowen is a fantastic athlete, plays with a high-motor, and has good football instincts and play-making ability which he has consistently proven on tape at the high school level. He is another solid, in-state pick up who could develop into a play-maker for the Gamecocks defense in the next couple of years.
Here are Bowen's junior year highlights: