Making preparations for the 2020 season and working to fill his Class of 2021 are the two biggest priorities now for Pat Narduzzi and the Pitt Panthers.
But working on developing relationships and extending offers to players in the Class of 2022 is something else on the coaches to-do list. A handful of sophomores received offers on Tuesday from Pitt, including offensive tackle Max Bowman.
Bowman (6’6″, 290) is a 247 Sports 3-star recruit from West Chester East High School in West Chester, Pennsylvania. Pitt joins Michigan State, Cincinnati, Central Michigan and UMass as early offers for Bowman.
Pittsburgh Sports Now spoke this morning with Bowman, who told us he received the exciting news from his area recruiter Cory Sanders. Bowman becomes the 9th offensive tackle and 15th player from Pennsylvania in the Class of 2022 to receive an early offer from Pitt.
“I was at home and making a ham and cheese sandwich for lunch and I looked at my phone and my coach was calling me,” said Bowman. “He told me that Coach Sanders needed to talk to me right now and you should call him. So, I called Coach Sanders and he told me that our offensive line coach really likes you and would love to work with you and that you have an offer from the University of Pittsburgh.”
“This was a huge deal, huge deal. I’m thrilled and feel blessed that I’m in a position to receive and an offer like this. I definitely feel as though I have someone watching over me. I feel this is the consequence of putting in hard work, having good tape out there and as a result, I’m starting to get noticed by schools like Pitt and others.”
Despite being in the early stages of his recruitment and being from across the state, Bowman tells us about a recent experience that he and his family had in Pittsburgh.
“My dad, little brother and I went to the NCAA Wrestling Finals last year in Pittsburgh,” said Bowman. “We drove by Heinz Field, went to the Carnegie Science Center and were able to go see the campus at Pitt. I thought it was a really cool area. One thing that I noticed is that Pittsburgh is a very, very clean city in comparison to Philadelphia from where I’m around. I was very impressed with that and how pretty the city was.”
In terms of his strengths and reasons for getting noticed and receiving offers, Bowman believes it has more to do with his mindset and work ethic rather than an on-field strength.
“I think coaches look to coach projectable athletes and athletes that they know are hard workers and players that they can put into their program, develop and are willing to learn what they’re being taught,” Bowman told Pittsburgh Sports Now. “I believe that I’m a player that will do all of that. I have god given size and have been able to learn from all of my coaches at home how to play the game of football.”
— Max Bowman (@MaxBowman76) November 13, 2019
Like most players, COVID 19 has impacted Bowman in that he hasn’t been able to get out and visit college and attend prospect camps. Being a sophomore, his recruitment is a long ways from being over with but he already knows something that will factor big into his eventual decision.
“My dad, mom and I have agreed that your athletic ability will fade but something that cannot be taken away from you is your education. So education will probably be the top priority for me. I need to be able to know that after football and when I can’t blow someone off the line of scrimmage anymore, that I will be able to provide for myself and my family in the future with the education that I received through playing football.”