Kittanning wide receiver Nick Bowers pulls down a pass as Shadyside Academy's Doc Szlachetka (#13) and Tyrel Hill defend in the first half of a game at Shadyside Academy in October.
By Mike White / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The number of Division I college football players from Kittanning High School have been few and far between. But it looks like Nick Bowers will be on the short list.
Bowers is a 6-foot-4, 230-pound junior who was a standout split end and linebacker for the Wildcats. He was recently offered a scholarship by Pitt to play tight end.
"We were kind of holding his highlight tape to send out to colleges in mid-January," Kittanning coach Frank Fabian said. "We were actually kind of shocked when the scholarship offer came in, but we're happy, too."
Kittanning uses a spread offense and Bowers caught 53 passes this season for 846 yards and also played some at quarterback in the wildcat formation. He certainly has Division I size.
"He moves reasonably well for his size," Fabian said. "Pitt was the only camp he went to last year and that's where the interest started. I've been a small-school high school football coach my whole career. I'm new to this Division I college thing, so I really can't say one way or another how many other teams will get interested. We'll see."
* Indiana defensive end Darrious Carter (6-5, 200) backed out of a verbal commitment to Temple and has decided he will attend the University of Virginia.
When Carter committed to Temple this summer, he didn't have a scholarship offer from Virginia. But the Cavaliers eventually offered and Carter visited Virginia in mid-December. Carter spent part of his childhood in Portsmouth, Va., before moving out of the state after the fourth grade.
* Gateway's Montae Nicholson will play in the prestigious U.S. Army All-American Bowl Saturday in San Antonio. The game includes top players from around the country and will be televised live by NBC at noon.
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