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June 18, 2005

Rebels eye Florida WR

The names Biddle, Espy and Hill seem like they've been a part of the Ole Miss wide receiver rotation forever. Unfortunately the trio will see their Ole Miss careers come to an end this fall with their final year of eligibility.

Those three make up the majority of the wide receiver rotation this fall and one main focus of recruiting this year will be signing a bevy of youthful receivers to fill the void. Ole Miss has done very well thus far in inking the top wide receiver in the state Terry Levy and New Orleans' Kendrick Lewis.

Ole Miss recently extended an offer to Florida wide receiver Donald Bowens looking to add at least one more receiver to the 2006 class.

Nebraska, Iowa State and Rutgers also recently offered Bowens.

Despite four offers Bowens holds two in-state schools as his leaders.

"If I get offered by Florida State or Florida that is probably where I go," Bowens said. "I've always followed those two schools and I really like them."

The 6-foot-2 191-pound Bowens got an up close look at Florida State the first of May when he visited Tallahassee for the Nike Camp.

"It was great getting to use their facilities and practice there," Bowens said.

While there has been no offer from the Seminoles Bowens hopes a strong camp showing in the second week of July will improve his stock.

Despite offers from Ole Miss and Rutgers Bowens has yet to hear from the coaching staffs at those respective schools. He says that his coach received the offers and informed Bowens of the scholarships.

"I haven't really heard from them so I don't know much about their schools," Bowens said.

Bowens did say he hopes to hear from both Rutgers and Ole Miss in the coming weeks as to learn more about the schools recruiting him.

Still with no offers from the Gators or the Seminoles Bowens is evaluating the schools that have offered. One school has caught his eye early if not only for the fact they are showing him the most love.

"I really like Nebraska out of the schools that have offered me," Bowens said. "I like the way they are talking but I haven't set up an official visit or anything but right now it sounds good."

Bowens caught 30 passes for 510 yards and four touchdowns in his junior year. His 3.4 GPA and 800 on the SAT puts in the class of players who should have little trouble qualifying.


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