There's no place like home. And wide receiver Elijah Bowick decided Virginia Tech would be home for his collegiate career.
Just Made One Of The Best Decisions Of My Life That I Never Really Thought Of As A Small Kid But I Would Like To Announce The I Am Officially Committed To .... VIRGINIA TECH UNIVERSITY 🦃🏈 #gohokies🦃— Elijah Bowick (@elijahbowick) January 14, 2018
The 6-2, 200 pound Myers Park HS (Charlotte, NC) product picked the Hokies over offers from N.C. State, Louisville, Virginia, and West Virginia among other Power Five programs.
"I've been thinking about this for a while now, and just had to make sure it was the right decision for me," Bowick told The Key Play. "Today, they showed me a lot and it felt like home. It felt like home for me. I did a lot of talking with my parents and they felt the same as well."
Bowick delivered the news straight to head coach Justin Fuente following a Tech junior day event.
"I had a meeting with coach Fuente at the end of the junior day. I went to his office. We had a meeting. I let him know that I was ready to commit.
"He was excited. He very excited. That's what he wanted to hear. He asked me, 'Was I ready?' He was like, 'Are you serious?' And I was serious. He was very excited. I was excited. Coach Wiggins, the whole coaching staff was excited."
Even though Fuente was first to hear the decision, a position meeting with wide receivers coach Holmon Wiggins may have sealed the deal. Wiggins discussed how he'd develop Bowick into "being a complete receiver" and the pitch resonated with Bowick.
"Explosiveness out of the routes, off the line," Bowick cited as areas of improvement to his game. "Getting more crisp on the routes."
Tech recruited Bowick to play outside receiver. Split wide he hopes to leverage his ability to win jump balls and rack up yards after catch.
"I attack the ball very well," Bowick said. "Once I have the ball in my hands I'm looking to score."
According to the Charlotte Observer, Bowick hauled in 56 receptions for 1,005 yards, and 11 touchdowns. His second straight 1,000-yard season.
Bowick is rated as a 3-star WR by the 247Sports Composite.
"He beats people in so many different ways, you can't figure out a way to defend him," Myers Park head coach Scott Chadwick Chadwick told the Charlotte Observer in 2017. "He can go up and catch the fade on on the goal line, or he can use his size to 'wall off' defenders. He took three or four (short) passes this year and took them the distance.
"He really doesn't have a way he cannot be effective as a receiver."