After recently entering the NCAA Transfer Portal, former five-star and Clemson Tigers running back Demarkcus Bowman tells Swamp247 that he has committed to the Florida Gators coaching staff Saturday, marking a gigantic win through the NCAA Transfer Portal for Dan Mullen and the UF staff.
“Florida has been close to home and I have always been a Florida fan and they have always been a major factor growing up,” Bowman told Swamp247. “We had a pipeline from Lakeland high school long before I was there. I just felt it was closer to home and have former high school teammates I played with and it’s always been a Dream School. I wanted to go to Clemson just for my grandad to see me play and he wasn’t able to.”
The Gators recruited Bowman hard in the 2020 cycle out of Lakeland (Fla.) high school, as he was a top priority for Mullen and company. However, Bowman committed to the Clemson Tigers in May of 2019 and while the Gators continued to recruit Bowman hard leading all the way to December’s Early Signing Period, he chose to stick with the Tigers and signed his National Letter of Intent there.
This continues success for the UF program with the Lakeland Dreadnaught’s program with former teammates Keon Zipperer, Lloyd Summerall and Fenley Graham all on the Florida roster. Fellow Lakeland teammate Deyavie Hammond is also committed to Florida in the 2021 class after going the junior college route. The comfortable feeling was the biggest factor in his decision.
Bowman enrolled with the Tigers this past summer. In the 2020 season, Bowman carried nine times for 32 yards, appearing in both of Clemson’s games. He accounted for 5172 total yards (11.2 average) during his high school career at Lakeland along with 70 touchdowns on the ground. He also caught 10 passes in high school for 1 touchdown.
“He looks great,” Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney said of Bowman in August. “Just the first day out here, but he’s in great shape. He’s thicker than I thought he might be at this point. The weight room has been good for him. He put in a lot of work before he got here. He spent a lot of time on the track on his own, too. He’s as advertised. He is a fast, fast dude, and I can’t wait to see him once we get the pads on and see how he picks things up.”
Bowman will finish up his fall semester with online classes at Clemson in Lakeland and continue to work with his trainer. His plan is to be at Florida in January.
Florida will now have six running backs on the roster, with four of those five eligible to jump to the NFL at any point following the 2020 season. Redshirt junior Malik Davis and junior Dameon Pierce have commanded most of the carries for the Gators through one game, totaling 16 carries in the opener. Wright, a redshirt freshman, picked up 4 carries. Meanwhile, redshirt sophomores Iverson Clement and Lorenzo Lingard, a transfer from Miami, have yet to make an appearance in 2020.
The Gators continue to navigate magnificently through the NCAA Transfer Portal in this current coaching staff with adding former five-star prospects. With Bowman’s addition, Florida also has Lingard, Penn State’s Justin Shorter and Georgia’s Brenton Cox to the roster.
247Sports ranked Bowman as the Nation’s No. 25 overall prospect in the 2020 recruiting class and the No. 2 ranked running back in 2020 along with being tabbed as the No. 4 ranked prospect in the state of Florida in 2020 as well.