DSU football team lands Milford All-State star Bowman

David Bowman (Delaware State News file photo)

A few months ago the Delaware State University football signing class was at zero.

National Signing Day came and went without any signings for the Hornets.

That’s because they did not have a football coach during the recruiting season.

Now that Rod Milstead has been on the job for two months, the Hornets are set to welcome some new players.

Milford High’s David Bowman highlights the incoming class at DSU. Bowman won the state’s Defensive Player of the Year award as a senior in 2017, leading the Buccaneers to the Division II state championship game.

“It was coming down to the point where I needed to go ahead and find a place and once coach Milstead came in, they came in and talked to me and told me I needed to come up there,” Bowman said. “He came in and was talking the same way (Milford) coach (Shaun) Strickland did. The big thing is that he said he was going to come in and change the program, that we don’t have a bad D-I school in Delaware and that he’s going to bring DelState back to the top.”

Bowman leaves Milford as the school’s all-time leader in tackles on the defensive side of the ball and in rushing yards and touchdowns on offense.

Bowman could either slot in at safety for the Hornets or compete for a spot on the offensive side of the ball.

“He’s the total package,” Strickland said. “We’ve had a lot of guys on one side of the ball or the other, but he’s been the complete package for four years. Talk about a four-year captain and a First Team All-Conference, it’s just that ability and the intangibles that come with it. What he does off the field, in the classroom and the weight room, it all impacts the way he plays on the field the way he puts the work in and gets the results. It sets him apart and I’m glad the state recognizes that and honored him this year with the first team on both sides and the Defensive Player of the Year. I think it was very well-deserved.”

The Hornets added another instate signee this past week with the addition of running back Shawn Wood.

Wood was a senior on the 2014 William Penn High team that went undefeated and won the Division I state championship. He played fullback for the Colonials and averaged 14 yards a carry with two touchdowns that year.

He spent the 2015 season at Jireh Prep in North Carolina. In his only year at prep school he rushed for 700 yards.

Wood then walked on at the University of Pittsburgh. He redshirted in 2016 and did not appear in any games in 2017.

Wood will have three years of eligibility at Delaware State and can play this season since he transferred from a FBS school to a FCS school.

The Hornets also signed Hunter Severs, an offensive lineman from Sussex Tech.

Taj Washington, a defensive back from Newark, rounded out the list of instate signees to Delaware State. Washington did not play high school football in Delaware, he went to Eastern Christian Academy in Elkton, Maryland.

Milstead said at the Delaware State spring game last week the staff made sure to hit the recruiting trail hard once it was put together in February.

“It’s a lot of work,” he said. “I’ve been here since Feb. 1 and it’s busy, but that’s a good thing. I don’t sleep much, but that’s O.K. I want to make sure I don’t miss anything.”

Delaware State also announced eight recruits from out of state.

They are – Michael Chris-Ike, a running back from Ontario, Malachi Foote, a defensive back from Clovis, Calif., David Green, a wide receiver from Willingsboro, N.J., KeShawn Harris, a defensive back from Mount Holly, N.J., Dexter Miller, an offensive lineman from Erial, N.J., Noah Naubo, an offensive lineman from Canyon Country, Calif., Cherrod White, a linebacker from Dix Hills, N.Y. and Lavonte Wilson, a defensive back from Rialto, Calif.

Reach staff writer Tim Mastro at tmastro@newszap.com

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