Braedon Bowman spent his sophomore year at Scottsdale Community College putting up video game-like numbers. Next year he'll get a chance to repeat that feat at South Alabama.
Bowman, a 6-4 228lb tight end from Mesa, AZ, exploded for 66 receptions 1030 yards and 13 touchdowns for the Artichokes this past season. He was named a first-team All-American player by the NJCAA for his efforts - the second commitment for this class to receive that honor (Jimmie Gipson).
After visiting USA in November for the victory over Louisiana-Monroe, the Jags shot way up Bowman's list. After weighing the South Alabama offer against those from Wyoming, Georgia State, Georgia Southern, Jacksonville State and Northern Colorado, he decided to pull the trigger.
"I liked everything I saw on my visit, " he said after his commitment on Sunday. "The people were all awesome and I'm ready to be another big part of a winning team!"
With the loss of tight end Greg Hollinger to academics before this season, record-setting Wes Saxton was a marked man at the position this year. The addition of Bowman in 2014 will give defenses two outstanding receivers to contend with facing the Jags, as well as providing an heir apparent for Saxton after he graduates.
South Alabama is expected to sign four junior college players in the early period this December.