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Clemson is down a running back after freshman Demarkcus Bowman, a five-star out of Lakeland, Florida, decided to enter the transfer portal after just two games, according to the school. Bowman arrived at Clemson after racking up 5,000 yards (11.4 per carry) and 71 touchdowns in three seasons at Lakeland High School.
A source has told Chris Hummer of 247 that Bowman’s financial aid has been canceled by the school. “I wouldn’t expect this to be a situation he enters the portal, explores his options and then returns to Clemson,” Hummer reported Thursday.
Bowman played in each of Clemson’s first two games, totaling 32 yards on nine carries.
Where will Bowman end up? Florida is the expected landing spot for the 5-10, 190 lb. back who has been a Dan Mullen target for some time. Mullen has shown he’s a fan of the portal, and Bowman dominated in high school about 120 miles south. Plus, Florida doesn’t have a running back in its 2021 class, so this one all adds up.
Current Gator players, such as Keon Zipperer and Lloyd Summerall III, have even jumped on Twitter to recruit Bowman. Zipperer, a high school teammate of Bowman, has a simple recruiting pitch for his old friend: Come on down. Summerall, another high school teammate, also took notice of the Bowman news.
— kz9__ (@_KeonZ) October 1, 2020
— Lloyd Summerall lll (@HimsoHam) October 1, 2020
247’s high school evaluation of Bowman was rather glowing, which is why Clemson wanted him to groom him to replace Travis Etienne:
Verified sub 4.5 speed with lower-body explosion to finish runs behind his pads. Gets to top speed in a hurry to eliminate angles. Elite balance. Effective jump cut. Can decelerate and re-route to counter overpursuit. Tools to work as effective blocker or play off ball. Limited lateral ability with room to improve as pass-catcher out of the backfield. Should see near immediate playing time at blue-blood type program and serve as potential three-and-done NFL Draft candidate.
Bowman has remained silent on what his next move will be while fans have gone nuts trying to give their recruiting pitches on Instagram. There is, however, one photo of Bowman in a college uniform that remains on his account.