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Bowles Commits To UT

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By Greg Hammond
By ghammond@wbbjtv.com

Drae Bowles wants to attend a state school and stay on track spiritually.

Bowles says he has found that in Tennessee. The 6-foot-1-inch tall wide receiver from Jackson Christian School verbally committed to The University of Tennessee, Sunday.

“I’m excited, he’s (Derek Dooley) excited, so we’re good to go,” said Bowles in a television interview with ABC 7 Eyewitness Sports in Jackson, Monday. Bowles said he was relieved to make a decision.

“It’s definitely a relief. I’m happy with my decision and pleased to have the opportunity to continue to do what I love and play in the best conference in the nation,” said Bowles.

Among the reasons for picking UT, Bowles listed the Vols For Life (VFL) program as one determining factor.

“It’s an amazing feeling. All the hard work is definitely paying off. It’s a huge relief off my shoulders,” said Bowles.

Bowles is listed among ESPN’s Top 100 recruits for 2012.
He has recorded 58 catches for 8 touchdowns and more than 1,100 yards.

Among the other schools recruiting Bowles were Notre Dame, Duke, Auburn, Mississippi State and Vanderbilt.