Former Texas Tech quarterback Alan Bowman announced on Twitter that he is transferring to Michigan.
Bowman was a product of Grapevine (TX) Grapevine in the 2018 class, ranked as a 3-star, the #37 pro-style quarterback, and #899 overall. (Note: Joe Milton was the #9 pro-style QB in that class.) Aside from Texas Tech, he also had offers from the likes of Cincinnati, Illinois, SMU, some Ivy League schools, etc.
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Throughout his high school career, Bowman was an ultra-productive quarterback. He completed 855/1275 passes for 11,393 yards, 119 touchdowns, and 39 interceptions.
He stepped in at Texas Tech and started most of the season as a true freshman, completing 227/327 (69.4%) of his passes for 2,638 yards, 17 touchdowns, and 7 interceptions. He followed that up by completing 101/154 passes (65.6%) for 1,020 yards, 6 touchdowns, and 3 interceptions while losing time to Jett Duffey. Then in 2020 he completed 150/232 passes (64.7%) for 1,602 yards, 10 touchdowns, and 7 interceptions. Altogether, he’s a guy who completes a lot of passes for 33 touchdowns and 17 touchdowns so far.
Not to scare anyone, but the last QB transfer from the state of Texas – John O’Korn – had a very similar TD-to-INT rate with 34 touchdowns and 18 interceptions at Houston.
I have two somewhat diverging thoughts on Bowman’s commitment:
- Bowman is a low-ceiling prospect without much arm strength or running ability. He’s kind of like Shea Patterson without the mobility.
- This is a pretty substantial land for Michigan, who desperately needed depth at quarterback. They get a veteran quarterback with three years of significant playing experience. Beggars can’t be choosers. The other options are a third-year Cade McNamara, who got hurt pretty much immediately; a first-year 5-star in J.J. McCarthy; and a second-year Dan Villari, who nobody expects to ever have a significant role behind center.
I may do a more in-depth breakdown of Bowman’s play later, though I’m not sure how useful that would be. A two-way battle between Dylan McCaffrey and Joe Milton forced me to parse things last year, but this now looks like a bit of a crap shoot.
I would not be surprised to see Bowman/McNamara start the 2021 season and then eventually be replaced by McCarthy.
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