No. 9 MLB in Nation - Rivals.com No. 22 Overall Player in Georgia - 247Sports.com
Selected Vanderbilt overTennessee, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Georgia Tech and Miami (Fla.) among others
[Photo Credit: Macon Telegraph]
HIGH SCHOOL Captain and team MVP as senior... Enjoyed incredibly productive career as three-year LB starter... As senior, posted 117 tackles, 17 tackles for loss, four sacks and four forced fumbles for Chargers... Named First Team AAA All-State as senior... Also played TE on offense... Nominated to play in postseason Offense-Defense All-American Bowl... Two-time Region Player of the Year recipient... As junior, posted 155 tackles and five sacks... Contributed 88 tackles, seven sacks and three forced fumbles as sophomore... Member of National Honor Society, French Club and Drama Club.
PERSONAL Nigel Lorenzo Bowden... Son of Phyllis Nathan-Holt and Larry Bowden... Born Dec. 20, 1994... Both parents work for U.S. Postal Service... Has a brother, Joe, and sister, Janelle... An older brother, Jason, died in the line of duty during the Iraq War.
MACON CENTRAL HEAD COACH JESSE HICKS "I've been doing this 17 years and Nigel is the best football player and the best person that I have ever coached. They say he's a four-star, but I'm telling you he's a five-star young man.
"Nigel's always doing the right thing. Everybody here, teachers and students, appreciate Nigel for the person he is. It's been a blessing for me to know him.
"Nigel is an SEC-caliber linebacker no doubt. He just very gifted and has instincts as a linebacker. When Nigel arrives at the ball, he does so with bad intentions. He plays with great desire, understanding and passion."