Since committing to Tennessee two weeks ago the good news just keeps coming for Jackson, Tennessee native Drae Bowles.
Recently, Bowles was informed that he was chosen to play in the US Army All-American Bowl with some of the premier athletes of the 2012 recruiting class.
“I was very excited to have the honor to play in that game,” said Bowles. “I was really excited and anxious to be able to play in the Army All-America game.”
Bowles high school coach, Matt Underwood, at Jackson Christian School was first to hear the news and was thrilled to tell his player.
Bowles will join Tennessee prospects Brian Kimbrow, a Vanderbilt commitment, and Henry County High School prospect Andrew Jelks. Bowles and Jelks speak frequently and are excited to play together at one of the premier all-star games in the country.
“We talk quite a bit,” said Bowles. “I talked to Andrew just a few weeks ago and we touch base with each other.
“I just basically tell Andrew to go where your heart tells you to go, whether that is Tennessee or another school.”
While Bowles won’t be leaning on players to hard, if they have a Tennessee offer he will be telling them to join the Volunteer family.
“I don’t like to pressure anybody,” said Bowles. “If Tennessee has offered a guy there then I will definitely encourage them to come. I will tell them that we would love to have them as a part of the family, but I am not going to pressure someone.”
Bowles, Jelks and Kimbrow will join top prospects like D.J. Humphries, Kwon Alexander, Noah Spence and Barry Sanders Jr.
The 2012 US Army All-American Bowl is will take place on Saturday, Jan. 7, at 1:00 p.m. The Bowl will be played in San Antonio’s Alamodome and broadcast nationally, live on NBC.