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The latest on five-star senior Bryce McGowens

October 13, 2020
1,890 had the opportunity to drop a bombshell on the recruiting world when we reported that five-star senior Bryce McGowens will reopen his recruitment and explore new options. The five-star ‘big guard’ has his fair share of options early and that includes considering his former pledged program in Florida State.

McGowens received a phone call within minutes of our report of his decommitment. Programs like Georgia, Nebraska, Iowa State, and South Carolina were amongst some of the programs to enter the mix early. 

The first offer post-decommitment came from Dana Altman and his staff. The Ducks have been on a nice recruiting streak recently, landing Top-25 big man Franck Kepnang as well as Johnathan Lawson, both of whom are expected to enroll this season.

Following that, SC State entered the mix. They extended McGowens an offer on Monday night and the HBCU program will be under consideration.

As for the virtual meetings, the process will be quite different the second time around for McGowens. Last fall, he was able to visit campuses as he did tons including visits to South Carolina, Georgia, Clemson, Florida State, and several others. Today, he will begin virtually meeting with coaches and it starts with a familiar program.

Nebraska’s Fred Hoiberg and his entire staff will complete a virtual meeting with McGowens later today and McGowens will already have some familiarity with the program as his brother Trey [McGowens III] is expected to fill an instant void for the Huskers at the guard spot after announcing his big-time transfer out of Pittsburgh this off-season.

In addition, McGowens' close friend and former teammate Elijah Wood, is currently entering his first season with the Nebraska program and I fully expect him to make a push at his buddy in McGowens.

Following that, Wake Forest’s Steve Forbes and LSU’s Will Wade are expected to complete virtual meetings with McGowens this week as well. Both programs have landed major pickups over the past few weeks. Wade is giving McGowens the opportunity to headline his talented 2021 class while Steve Forbes is looking at the possibility of pairing McGowens with Carter Whitt who recently announced his pledge to the Deamon Deacons.

Finally, you look at all the other interests that are ramping up. North Carolina becomes the newest program to inquire in McGowens, he told on Monday night. The Tar Heels were seen as a possible landing spot here even before making a call. They join Kansas and Kentucky as the fellow bluebloods to inquire in him.

Don’t count out those Seminoles though people. McGowens started that 2021 class which became the top-rated class in the country and Leonard Hamilton and Steve Smith along with that entire staff, are still committed to McGowens and are still one of the few teams to beat here.

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