Number-one ranked player in the nation regardless of position by ESPN.com...first signee in Clemson history to come to the Tigers as the number-one player in the nation...ranked number-two player in the nation by Scout.com and Rivals.com, number-eight player in the nation by SuperPrep, and number-14 player in the nation by Tom Lemming... five-star player by Scout.com and Rivals.com...named first-team All-American by Scout.com...participant in the ESPN/Under Armour All-American Game, he was the defensive MVP of the game when he had four tackles for loss...graduated from high school in December of 2007 and already enrolled in Clemson for the spring semester...five-star player by both Rivals.com and Scout.com...slated to be a factor on Clemson's defensive front in 2008 ...won Dan Foster Award from the Greenville Touchdown Club as the top high school player in South Carolina...first-team All-American according to EA Sports... #1 defensive tackle nationally by ESPN.com... #2 player in South Carolina by Rivals.com...#1 defensive end nationally by Scout.com ...# 2 player in South Carolina and #2 defensive lineman in the country by SuperPrep...SuperPrep Mid Atlantic Defensive Player of the Year...played at the same high school that sent current bandit end Ricky Sapp to Clemson...2007 South Carolina Gatorade Player of the Year...two-time AP all-state selection...totaled 267 tackles, 90 for a loss, and 37 sacks in his high school career...as a senior, he registered 97 tackles, 33 for a loss,14 sacks, and 3 fumbles recovered...also added over 1200 yards rushing as a senior and 840 yards rushing as a junior...also had a 40-yard average on kickoff returns as a senior... recruited by outside linebackers Coach Ron West...chose Clemson over Florida State, Georgia, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia Tech.
Plyler on Bowers: "Simply stated the best football prospect Clemson has ever signed. He looks like a defensive end but runs like a linebacker. He is the best defensive lineman I have ever seen. He is athletic enough to be a tremendous pass rusher but strong enough to play well against run. Bowers has NFL written all over him. I can?t wait to see him run down the hill. He is everything I thought he would be and more."
Reminds Plyler of: Combination of Gaines Adams and Phillip Merling
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