Oh, Hello: NJ LB Manny Bowen Commits to Penn State

Gimme a linebacker and a siren and a #WeAre #Better tweet, and wooo!

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Manny Bowen, ladies and gentlemen!

Stats:

Home/HS: Barnegat, NJ/Barnegat

Height: 6'2"

Weight: 206 lbs

Recruited By: Brent Pry

Starz 'n Sheetz:

Stars: 4* Scout, ESPN; 3* 247, Rivals

Offer Sheet: Alabama, Miami, Boston College, Cincinnati, Clemson, UConn, Florida, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisville, Maryland, Michigan State, NC State, Nebraska, UNC, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Old Dominion, Oregon, Purdue, Rutgers, South Carolina, Syracuse, Temple, Tennessee, UVA, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, Wisconsin

Cinema:

Also check out Manny on Hudl right here.

The Tale:

Bowen is up on an unofficial visit to Happy Valley this weekend, at a get together at the Lasch Building. It's his second time visiting Penn State, after visiting the new staff in late March, when he secured his offer from the Lions.  Penn State was in the middle of Bowen's offer list chronologically, but as soon as the offer came in they shot to the top of his leader board--especially with the decommitment of linebacker Josh Barajas.

After his visit to Penn State, Bowen visited Rutgers for the second time (he had spent junior day in Piscataway) and visited the Gamecocks before pulling the trigger this weekend. As an aside, Nick did predict on Thursday night that Bowen would make this commitment announcement soon.

Outlook:

Securing Bowen was a priority for the staff, especially with the loss of Barajas. They went after him hard, and their efforts paid off this weekend. Bowen is widely regarded as one of the top ten players in the state of New Jersey, which brings Penn State's haul of top ten NJ players to four in this class alone.

The past few years, he's played wide receiver as well as linebacker in high school, logging 78 tackles (18 TFLs), four interceptions, and three fumble recoveries as a junior--scoring one defensive touchdown to go along with nine offensive touchdowns over the 2013 season. While he is versatile and being recruited by some as a safety or skill player instead of LB, he'll likely still to be an OLB in the blue and white.

You can follow Manny on twitter at @mannybowens3.

Manny's commitment brings the class up to 17.

Welcome to Penn State, Manny!

Continue to #DominateTheGardenState

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