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Longtime Lakeland coach explains what makes 5-star Bowman ‘special’

Bill Castle has coached a bunch of talented running backs during his 43 seasons as head coach at Lakeland (Fla.) High School, such as former Florida standout Chris Rainey and current Pittsburgh starter A.J. Davis.

The latest big-time player running the ball for Castle and Lakeland is five-star Clemson commit Demarkcus Bowman, who rushed for two touchdowns Friday in the 2019 Kickoff Classic vs. Osceola-Kissimmee.

The Clemson Insider attended the contest at Lakeland’s Bryant Stadium as part of our Tour of Champions and caught up with Castle afterward about his star running back.

“We’ve had a lot of good tailbacks here,” he said.