2018 NFL Draft: D’Angelo Bowie, Western New Mexico
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In our latest interview, we are being joined by Western New Mexico wide receiver D’Angelo Bowie.
Justin David Kish: Thank you so much for your time, D’Angelo. Can you please tell us a little bit about yourself?
D’Angelo Bowie: It’s an honor. To give a brief summary about myself, my full name is D’Angelo Bowie, Born in San Diego, but I was raised in Virginia Beach. I played one year of HighSchool football in 10 the grade. My senior year of HighSchool I made a family sacrifice instead of attending Summer practices. Having the big dreams I had to play college ball, I stepped out on Faith and left behind my immediate family to Live out my dreams and give us a better life, that’s when I moved back to San Diego. Attended Grossmont College, which was a phenomenal experience for me. Through all the ups and downs of recruitment, I ultimately ended up here at Western New Mexico, which is a decision I still to this day do not regret. Right now I’d say I’m very blessed to be in this position of preparing myself for the NFL.
Justin David Kish: You played college football at Western New Mexico. Tell us about your time at Western New Mexico?
D’Angelo Bowie: Here at Western New Mexico I was recruited to come in and play right away in the fall of 2015, I dominated certain aspects of fall camp because I was well prepared from my previous training. Due to an issue with a transferable class, the NCAA required that I Redshirt in the fall of 2015. In the meantime I stayed hungry I stayed competitive. The following season I had a whole new offensive coordinator, I didn’t play as much. In fact, I played very little. I finished the season with only 5 catches 46 yards and 0 TDs. Knowing what I was capable of, I didn’t let that define me. I wasn’t going to let that define my legacy here. I knew I was going to prepare myself for a Senior Campaign to be talked about for years to come. That’s exactly what I did. Despite breaking my finger training for my senior campaign in the summer of 2017 I overcame the obstacles of not being able to catch 8 weeks. I continued to work out and do everything that I could. I came into fall camp with a desire to be the best. In my first game and first start here at Western New Mexico University, against D1 (FCS) University of San Diego I caught 19 passes for 263 yards and 2 TD’s, it was a blessing to have performed that way back in a city I consider home especially being that the previous year I didn’t step foot on that field at USD in 2016. Western New Mexico is officially a home for me. From the people to the city it has grew on me so much. I love the family-oriented feeling this university brings.
Justin David Kish: During your tenure at Western New Mexico, you were coached by Coach Adam Clark and Coach Chris Buckner. How has both coaches improved you as a player?
D’Angelo Bowie: Well first off I want to thank Coach Adam Clark for believing in me. It wasn’t always just about the wins and losses with him on the field he installed accountability in me throughout my time here and I can honestly say I’ve grown so much as a man under his leadership. I had a few hiccups here and he always took the time to explain to me what most wouldn’t have. He never gave up on me & it allowed me to grow so much as an individual. I’m also Thankful for the good memories I had with Coach Buckner. He’s a young OC that has a great mind for offenses. He’s definitely an individual I’m glad I crossed paths with. It was an honor to have been a Top Receiver in his offense. Something he told me during a rough patch I had at WNMU stuck with me for a long time. He told me “DA, I don’t want you to worry about nothing but being the best DA, that you can be” and what he was referring to was the person I was on and off the field. Words can explain how thankful I am for both of those individuals.
Justin David Kish: Playing in Division II Lone Star Conference you played against teams like Cameron University, Eastern New Mexico, and West Texas A&M. What was one game in your career that really took you to your limits and brought out the best in you?
D’Angelo Bowie: Salute to all the good teams in the Lonestar but a situation that bought the best out of me wasn’t against any of those teams. It was the adversity I faced when being benched in my first home game back from injury. It humbled me in such a way that made me never want to take this game for granted. This game I Love was already taken away from me when I suffered a bad Grade 2 ankle sprain, and at he time I was the #1 WR in the country of all levels leading the nation with 46 catches 622 yards and 6 TD’s in the first four weeks, then to come back and have the game I love so much be taken away from me again when I got benched. It was huge reality check and I’m thankful that it happened because it changed my attitude and determination to finish my last two games of the season very strong. In those two games, I had 100 yards each, and 2 Touchdowns in each game.
Justin David Kish: Being a wide receiver you were matched up against some D-II’s best defensive backs. What was one defensive back that gave you a challenge and how did you favor?
D’Angelo Bowie: There was one DB that gave me a challenge throughout the whole year. His name is Fred Lawrence from the Angelo State University. I may have been fresh off an ankle injury but Fred held me to only 3 catches. He played with a swagger and attitude that on that night in Texas gave his team an edge. A lot of DB’s I faced I could stare at them when they line up in front of me and I could tell that they’ve heard about how good I was and they just didn’t play me as fearless as Fred Lawrence did.
Justin David Kish: When you look back at your career at Western New Mexico what is one memory that really stands out from the rest?
D’Angelo Bowie: Reflecting on my career at Western it would probably have to be the Rise and fall then Rise again type of Rollercoaster that I had. Came in as a top recruit, the next year fell to the bottom of the depth chart, to climbing my way back up to number 1 on the depth chart.
Justin David Kish: What does it mean to be a Western New Mexico Mustang?
D’Angelo Bowie: To be a Mustang is to have PRIDE when you wear that purple and gold. to be a Mustang is to strive for Greatness in your sport, in the classroom, and in the community. So happy to represent Mustang Nation in the 2018 Draft. #MustangUp!
Justin David Kish: Let’s focus on the upcoming NFL Draft, how are you currently preparing yourself for the draft and other pro opportunities?
D’Angelo Bowie: First off I want to thank my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ because it’s an honor to be in this position to be able to strive for the opportunity to play in the NFL as well as strive to be on any professional sports team. I’m still in the hunt to sign with an Agent, as I’ve been in communication with a few. In the meantime I’ve been training my butt off, striving to perfect my craft. My diet has improved I’m taking this opportunity very serious. Training and catching for George Whitfield’s QB camp is on the Agenda as well as that is being put into works as we speak.
Justin David Kish: What is one area of your game that you consider your biggest strength?
D’Angelo Bowie: The biggest strength of my game might have to be my route running ability. I’m able to create major separation that has allowed me to catch a lot of balls this year.
Justin David Kish: What is one area of your game you are improving on?
D’Angelo Bowie: There is always room for improvement but one area of my game I’m working on improving this offseason is reading coverages mid-route. Often times this past season I relied heavy on my god giving ability to just get open, but I’m well aware that the next level requires much more thinking.
Justin David Kish: Name a point during your college career that you overcame adversity and what did you learn from the experience?
D’Angelo Bowie: The most adverse situation I probably had to overcome at Western was spraining my ankle, along with being benched. Both situations just made me appreciate this game so much more.
Justin David Kish: How was your chemistry with your team at Western New Mexico?
D’Angelo Bowie: My chemistry with my team at Western Was pretty good I would like to consider myself a leader not so much a vocal leader to the entire team but More of a lead by example type of player. I was that goofy player in practice that enjoyed my time out there learning and cracking jokes but I knew when to be dialed in and focused.
Justin David Kish: Outside of football, what does a typical day off look like for you?
D’Angelo Bowie: Outside of football the typical day for me is staying in tuned with god, playing video games, hanging with my close friends sharing plenty of laughter and discussing big dreams and plans to be successful.
Justin David Kish: In the next couple of questions, I am going to put you on the spot. My first question, if you could compare yourself to any current NFL wide receiver who would you compare yourself to and why?
D’Angelo Bowie: Wow, that’s a tough one. If I could compare myself to any WR in the NFL it would have to be T.Y Hilton or Antonio Brown Now I say Antonio Brown simply because of my Ability to be a playmaker and game changer along with route running ability. Right now I’m not on those guys level, they’ve both built up a great resume for themselves in the National Football League. Although I do have the ability to also leave my mark on the league given the opportunity.
Justin David Kish: My final question, if I was an NFL General Manager why should I draft D’Angelo Bowie?
D’Angelo Bowie: Hello GM, You should draft me, D’Angelo Bowie because I’m a Humble and Hungry individual who when given an opportunity could come in and make an immediate impact of any team On and off the field. In willing to come in and play any Role that you need me to play and believe it will get done to the best of my ability. I’ve faced a lot of adversity over the years so I have no problem with coming in and earning my keep. If you give me that opportunity, I can promise you won’t regret it.