Bowman officially in the fold


USC safety Gerald Bowman got the grades he needed to be eligible for the Trojans this season in a summer session at local Pierce College, he confirmed in a text message to ESPNLosAngeles.com Tuesday.

Bowman had been awaiting word on his status since he planned to enroll early in January and then found out he needed to take more classes to be admitted. He enrolled in more junior-college classes this spring and summer and then began to work out with USC again last month when his coursework was officially completed, but he had to wait until grades were released Tuesday to get the official OK.

His presence gives the Trojans six talented safeties available for fall camp in T.J. McDonald, Jawanza Starling, Josh Shaw, Demetrius Wright, Drew McAllister, plus Bowman himself,

McDonald and Starling have both started the past two seasons, so USC will likely have four non-freshmen, non-starting safeties on scholarship, an unusual situation.

But three of those six will be gone after the 2012 season, so Bowman is expected to take over a starting job then.