Positions, depth charts and stadiums don’t mean much to Eric Bowie.
The defensive end from Ouachita High School in Monroe is looking more at microscopes, labs and scientific curriculums. So when it came time for the 6-foot-2, 215-pounder to choose a college football program, his criteria was a bit unorthodox.
On Sunday, he became Tulane’s ninth commitment for the 2014 signing class and cited reasons well beyond the football field.
“One of the biggest reasons I chose Tulane is that I know it’s a great place for me to go so I can get into a great medical school,” Bowie said. “The coaching staff really understood my needs and what I was looking for, and they made me feel really comfortable about heading to Tulane next year and for my future.”
In return, the Green Wave receive a speedy defensive player who expects to transform into an outside linebacker at the college level. Co-defensive coordinator John Sumrall was the lead Tulane staff member recruiting Bowie, who turned down offers from Southern Miss, Central Arkansas, McNeese State, Southern, Grambling and Northwestern State.
He was an honorable mention selection on the Louisiana Sportswriters Association Class 5A All-State team for his performance last year during Ouachita’s 10-2 season, which ended in the third round of the playoffs .
“Coach Sumrall said he liked the speed I played with,” Bowie said. “I would describe myself and really fast and really ferocious. I don’t ever take a take a play off and maintain a very high engine. I just want to always be moving, because that’s the best way to make plays no matter where the action is on the field. I’m just always looking for ways to manipulate the man in front of me so I can get to the ball.”
Bowie is the seventh in-state prospect to pledge to the Green Wave’s upcoming signing class, joining Ville Platte tight end Kendall Ardoin, Mandeville quarterback Glen Cuillette, Donaldsonville wide receiver Leondre James, South Plaquemines defensive end Sean Wilson, Miller-McCoy Academy defensive back Stephon Lofton and St. Augustine defensive end Peter Woullard.
“Tulane is definitely a place I feel is on the rise,” Bowie said. “I’m not going to completely close all of my other options because you never know what’s going to happen, but I felt ready to pick Tulane, and it’s a place I can envision myself at.”