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First Junior Day of the Year brings Second 2019 Commitment: Elijah Bowick

The Hokies cap a great and HUGE junior day with the commitment of North Carolina receiver Elijah Bowick

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Well, today was the first Junior Day for the rising class of 2019 (Official name for the class is #EnterNight19). Several big time prospects came in, including former commitment and Bishop Sullivan cornerback Tayvion Land, Class of 2020 cornerback Luke Hill, lineman Edward Gatling, defensive end Donnell Brown, wide receiver DeMarcco Hellams, defensive back Cam’Ron Kelly, Class of 2020 wide receiver Rakim Jarrett, Wide Receiver Kerry Martin, Jr., defensive end Savion Jackson, and lineman Jesse Hanson, among many, many others.

But those are merely the visitors, the Hokies picked up an actual commitment to get into: Wide Receiver Elijah Bowick, pulling another target from North Carolina. Bowick is currently ranked as a three-star wide receiver by 247 Composite- he’s a generic three star by them at the moment, as well as a three star on Rivals, and a generic three star on ESPN. He’s already got offers from Duke, Indiana, Maryland, NC State, Louisville, Tennessee, South Carolina, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and others to brag about, and now, he’s committed to the Hokies. Toeing the typical Fuente receiver line in size/shape (somewhat average at 6’-1”, 187lbs.), Bowick looks to add to a continually growing depth chart at the receiver position.

Let’s take a look at his film.

Elijah Bowick (Charlotte, NC. 6’-1”, 187lbs. Wide Receiver)

Bowick does both inside- and outside-based wide receiver duties, and is perfectly capable of making difficult catches in coverage. Based on the rate of drops that the current receivers have, I assume that hands are becoming a higher priority. But don’t let that downgrade his athletic abilities. Bowick is NOT the slow possession type by any stretch. He’s not afraid to go over the middle and has the speed and agility to light the afterburners and get away if given enough room. I’d like to see a LITTLE less body catching, because he can let the ball get in somewhat close, but overall I like his hands and the catch method he uses. To quote a friend of mine, he’s very Cam Phillips-y with plenty of possession ability to pair with some good speed and probably an abnormally high amount of body control.

Welcome to the class of 2019, Elijah, and Go Hokies!