An odd June addition to the transfer portal came out of the blue on Friday when former five-star running back recruit Demarckus Bowman decided to leave Florida. So what’s next?
Bowman, who chose Clemson over Florida and many others as a 5 star recruit out of high school, had a cup of coffee with the Tigers before deciding he was homesick and wanted to head back home. Bowman had only 9 carries for 32 yards at Clemson. At Florida he carried the ball 14 times for 81 yards last season and now with Billy Napier as the new coach and with Napier bringing stud running back Montrell Johnson with him from Louisiana, the running back room came under scrutiny and became crowded.
Nay’Quan Wright, a redshirt sophomore, is in line for significant carries and the Gators added sophomore Johnson who compiled 838 yards rushing and 12 touchdowns on the ground last season for the Ragin’ Cajuns. Former 5 star Lorenzo Lingard, a transfer from Miami, looked great in the spring as well so Bowman has gone from potential starting touches to possibly fourth on the depth chart.
So where does he go next? He wants to stay in Florida so USF, where former Clemson coach Jeff Scott is in charge, makes sense. UCF as well as Gus Malzahn has been very aggressive in the portal. Bowman’s stock has obviously plummeted since his high school days when he was a star at Lakeland High School. Maryland, Tennessee and others have shown interest but if USF and UCF pass I could see him landing at Florida A&M.