It’s early, but the Gators appear to be the leader for five-star running back Demarkcus Bowman.
Ranked by the 247Sports composite as the No. 5 overall running back in the 2020 class, the 5-foot-11, 190-pound Bowman arrived late Friday at UF for Florida’s Junior Day on Saturday.
Suffice to say, Bowman once again came away impressed with his trip from Lakeland to Gainesville.
“Today’s been great so far,” Bowman said. “It’ll be really fun to hang out with the players after this. Overall, I’ve had a great day. I really love Florida, it’s really home.”
Aside from seeing the players and the facilities, Saturday presented Bowman with another opportunity to become acclimated with UF’s coaching staff, who have made their interest in the Lakeland native well-known.
“I just know I’m their No. 1 guy. I just know they really want me a lot. And they show a lot of love, and I really appreciate that,” Bowman said. “Look, it’s home, it’s where the heart is. It’s where the tradition is. It’s where alumni from our school came. There’s a lot that come with going to Lakeland then Florida.”
What’s up gator nation 🐊‼️🐐📍
— Bow⚓️ (@Bowman_22) February 2, 2019
Words pale in comparison to actions, especially when it comes to the recruiting world. When it comes to Florida’s pitch to him, however, the dynamic Bowman can sense the genuineness.
“I can tell they really mean what they say, just by how they treat me and how they act around me,” Bowman said. “And how they treat me a little different, even though I’m not committed I can still tell I’m the No. 1 guy that they really want. And I can tell there’s a whole recruiting class around that could make it No. 1 in the nation.”
Bowman, who visited Clemson on Jan. 26, plans to visit Florida State “soon” and Georgia, although he’s yet to set anything up just yet.
After the defending national champion couldn’t convince Bowman to commit early, the Gators appear to be the leader in a battle that will almost surely play out until Bowman puts pen to paper.
“If not before my senior year, it’ll be after my senior year,” Bowman said of a commitment timeline. “It’s really just how I feel, and if I feel like it’s right I’m going to just go with my gut. Not really much that can change that.”