by Thomas C. Dozier, recruit804
Sometimes you have to stop thinking. If it feels right, it probably is. So just go with it.
Blake Bowen took his time but he feels like he got it right.
The Trinity Episcopal quarterback announced on Twitter last week @bowen_blake7, that he will play football at Coastal Carolina University.
In a brief statement he said: “Happy to say I am committing to play football at Coastal Carolina. Thank you to everyone who has helped.”
The 6-2, 190-pounder, who led the Titans to back-to-back VISAA state titles, had a brilliant career for the Titans and his coach Sam Mickens.
According to Mickens, Bowen was a dream to coach.
“Blake Bowen has the physical tools and makeup to become a good college quarterback,” Mickens explained. “He’s the best I’ve coached at that position.
“Arguably one of the best quarterbacks in the entire state, the best quarterback in the Central Region, he led in every statistical category. He leaves our program as the most decorated football player in school history, holding every major passing and scoring record on the books. Blake has led us to two consecutive state titles and was the catalyst of an offense that set records each of his two season at the helm.”
He put up some impressive numbers too, week-in and week-out, but he couldn’t possibly have had a better day then Trinity’s second game of the season this year.
Bowen threw for 466 yards and seven touchdowns, and he added a running touchdown as well in a 68-14 win over Greenbrier Christian. For that effort, he was named #8SportsBlitz Player of the Week.
But the player who wore No. 7 went through much thought before he made his decision.
“Coastal Carolina was always one of my top five choice of colleges since day one,” Bowen told an online recruiting publication. “They offered my major not to mention the great location, beaches, golf and the southern bells is an added bonus. I immediate felt at home when I visited. Virginia Tech called the day of the first signing to see if I was committing to any school.
“I was supposed to visit Virginia Tech during the spring training but never received confirmation. Then the day I was committing to Coastal, the quarterback coach at Virginia Tech called me, but I knew in my heart that Coastal was the place for me and I felt right at home.”
Bowen, who was also a member of the Trinity basketball team that went 20-8, now joins three Titans teammates playing football at the next level. Trevion Armstrong signed with the University of Nevada, Jake Hogge has agreed to play at Cornell while Zane Lewis inked his NCAA Letter of Intent with Air Force Academy. All three signing took place at the Estes Athletic Center on Feb. 3.
Coastal Carolina, located in Conway, S.C., is a FCS school that plays in the Big South Conference. Last season the Chanticleers finished with a 9-3 overall record and advanced to the opening round of the 2015 FCS Playoffs before being ousted by The Citadel.
– Thomas C. Dozier