Clemson gained a sudden verbal commitment from 5-star running back Demarkcus Bowman today. Bowman comes to Clemson from Lakeland, Florida (Lakeland) and is listed at 5-9, 191 pounds. He is the #2 running back in the 2020 class per the 247Sports Composite and the #17 player overall. Bowman picked Clemson over Georgia and longtime leader Florida. The Tigers took the lead in his recruitment during the spring, and he has been on campus at least three times during 2019. These visits, especially to both Junior Days so far this year, allowed Bowman to bond with others in the class and plan what is ahead.
Jeff Scott is listed as the primary recruiter for Bowman and may have sealed the deal when he visited Lakeland on May 1st. Tony Elliott also assisted during the recruitment. Between Elliott’s patience for offering running backs and Scott’s pull in Florida, this recruitment blossomed like a well executed draw play. Lakeland is a longtime University of Florida pipeline and pulling Bowman from Florida could not have been done in years past. Clemson’s branding has reached a new level in the past year and the results of this class are the spoils.
Bowman gives Clemson three public 5-Star composite recruits, joining Fred Davis and Bryan Bresee. He recently posted measurables of a 4.47 40 yard dash, a 10.82 100 meter dash, a 4.31 shuttle, and a 36 inch vertical leap at the Opening Regional in Orlando. He should develop into a prototypical home run threat at running back. Bowman plays with a north-south run style and possesses blazing acceleration. His speed, vision, and acceleration through contact should translate well from the elite high school competition he faces at Lakeland to P5 football. For all those reasons, Bowman was Clemson’s top prospect on the running back board. He, like all freshman running backs, will need to work on his pass blocking to contribute early in our offensive system. Lack of elite pass catching skills is another minor weakness. Regardless, given the likelihood of Travis Etienne entering next year’s NFL draft, he should be able to immediately contribute during the 2020 season.