Eastern Kentucky entered the Tre Bowens sweepstakes Thursday, a day after Florida A&M offered the Maret defensive lineman a scholarship offer in hopes of making him the third generation of his family to attend the school.
The 6-4, 225-pound Bowens has now collected six scholarship offers this winter in the wake of a standout senior season, in which he established himself as one of the premier pass rushers in the region (19 sacks) and also caught seven touchdowns as a tight end. Bowens is also weighing offers from Coastal Carolina, Towson, Presbyterian, and Gannon.
Bowens said Wednesday’s offer from Florida A&M struck a different type of chord, however. His grandparents attended the school, followed by his father and his aunts — and the family’s roots are based in the Jacksonville area.
“Everybody on my Dad’s side of the family went to Florida A&M, so there’s a lot of history there,” Bowens said. “And my grandmother would like me to go there, so it’s like, a family kind of school.”
Bowens has official visits to Towson, Gannon and Coastal Carolina lined up in January. Both Towson and Coastal Carolina are recruiting Bowens as a defensive end, he said, while Gannon plans to use him as a tight end. Presbyterian has talked to him about playing both ways, he said.
Bowens, who also stars on Maret’s basketball team, has also garnered Divison II and III interest in his second sport, but said “my focus right now is on football.”
“I know the recruiting process is going to take time out of basketball,” said Bowens, who scored 10 points in Maret’s 66-40 win over The Heights Tuesday night. “I’m trying not to miss any games.”
Eastern Kentucky and Florida A&M represent the latest schools to offer Bowens, and more are likely to follow. Bowens added that he has been influenced heavily by former Maret star Sean Davis, who waded through an intense recruiting process last season before choosing Maryland last winter.
“I’m happy I’m in the same place as him [from] last year . . . I thought of him like my mentor. We were like best friends,” Bowens said. “He helped me put a lot more focus into football over the summer and helped me have a great impact in this season.”