Clemson’s efforts in recruiting running backs for the 2020 class got a boost this week with a visit from Demarckus Bowman (5-11 190) of Lakeland, FL. The heavily recruited Bowman visited Sunday thru Tuesday. He comes from a program that has been a pipeline to Florida over the years, and he was favoring the Gators going into last weekend, but he left Clemson with the Tigers out in front.
“Clemson stands at the top for me,” Bowman said. “They just do everything different up there. Everything is organized, and they do everything the right way. They are definitely my top school.”
The Tigers moved ahead of Florida, Alabama, Auburn, Florida State, Georgia, Ohio State, Tennessee and many others from across the country who have offered. Bowman, who has visited Clemson in the past, said he took this trip to learn more about the program.
“I just wanted to get back up there and spend time with the coaches and talk to them a little more,” Bowman said. “I’ve been up there a few times, and I wanted to talk to the players and see what they had to say and hang out with the coaches and see the campus. They really showed me what it’s like to be a student there.”
With the Tigers in the middle of spring practice, Bowman also got the chance to sit in the running backs room with coach Tony Elliott and watch him instruct.
“Coach Elliott was showing me how he would use me in their offense,” he said. “Then I went to practice, and it’s crazy how fast-paced everything is. Everybody is fast at that level. I watched the running backs, and Travis Etienne stood out.”
He added that his relationship with Elliott is getting stronger the more they interact.
“You can tell he really cares for his players,” Bowman said. “We talked about more than just football. We talked about life. He always is teaching and has a lesson for you.”
Bowman hopes to return to Clemson for the spring game April 6th when the Tigers will host many of their top prospects. He does not have any other visits planned and he’s not planning on making an early decision.
Last season Bowman rushed for 2417 yards and 36 touchdowns.