Dan Mullen confirms eligibility of 5-star Clemson transfer Demarkcus Bowman
Demarkcus Bowman is officially good to go this fall for the Florida Gators.
UF head coach Dan Mullen confirmed Bowman’s eligibility to reporters Monday at SEC Media Days. Bowman was rated 5-stars and the No. 20 overall recruit in the class of 2020 on the 247Sports Composite. The Lakeland product signed with Clemson over Florida, but on Oct. 1 he entered his name into the NCAA transfer portal. Two days later, he committed to UF.
Bowman enrolled at UF for the spring semester and took part in spring practice. In April, the NCAA approved a one-time transfer rule allowing immediate eligibility. Mullen confirmed the rule is retroactive for players who transferred between the end of the 2020 season and April 2021.
Bowman joined a Florida running back room that returns four ball carriers from the 2020 roster. The Gators primarily used a three-man rotation of Dameon Pierce (106 carries, 503 yards, 4 TDs), Malik Davis (66 carries, 310 yards) and Nay’Quan Wright (54 carries, 213 yards, 2 TDs). Lorenzo Lingard, another former 5-star prospect who landed in Gainesville via the transfer portal, logged 5 carries for 32 yards.
Bowman played in two games for Clemson before departing, logging 9 carries for 32 yards.
Mullen has also made a point of using running backs in the passing game. Davis was fifth on the team last season with 31 catches for 377 yards. Wright had 19 catches for 219 yards while Pierce had 17 catches for 156 yards and a TD.
Bowman showed his pass-catching capabilities in spring with a highlight wheel-route catch.