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5-star Bama linebacker commit talks official visits, LSU

Tiger Blitz talked with Palm Beach Gardens linebacker VanDarius Cowan about his official visit list, which includes LSU.

2017 five-star outside linebacker and Alabama commit VanDarius Cowan released his official visits to and included LSU along with a trip to Tuscaloosa to visit the Tide. Cowan will also visit USC, Georgia and Ohio State.

Even with the official visits, Cowan doesn't think that'll change his mind much.

“Yea I don’t think these are going to change my mind. The way I have Alabama, I don’t think they’re going to change my mind. The coaches all just want me to check it out and have a good time.”

LSU will be one of the schools to get a visit and a big reason for that is just what other players have been telling him about LSU.

“I’m just trying to get up there and check out the campus and things. I’ve been hearing a lot of good things about LSU. Dylan Moses and Chris Allen are going to be up there too.”

Cowan had built a relationship with LSU defensive backs coach Corey Raymond, but said it hasn't been as close since committing to the Tide.

“It was close, but kind of fell off after the commitment. He was worried I was going to come recruiting for Alabama, but I said no I’m just there to chill. It might change my mind, but I doubt it,” Cowan told Tiger Blitz.

USC is another school that will get a visit from Cowan and he's excited to see the lifestyle out there.

“I’m just excited to get out to California. I’m hearing that USC is supposed to be doing some things this year so excited to see what’s up out there.”

Cowan has built a solid relationship with outside linebackers coach Kevin Sherrer and is looking forward to seeing a lot of the commits for Georgia he knows.

“Me and coach Sherrer go back to my sophomore year when he’s been recruiting me. I’m interested to see what he has to say and I know all the commits so I want to see what they're about up there."

Cowan has been getting a lot of pressure to visit the Buckeyes as well from his coach at Palm Beach Gardens.

“You know Ohio State. You just gotta go check it out. My head coach says you gotta go up there and he thinks it’s so great. I told him I’d go take a visit up there. I’ve been talking to the linebackers coach up there so I’m gonna go up and see what he’s been saying.”

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With the quality of schools on his list, some might think a flip could come, but at this point, Cowan says that won't happen. He committed to Bama in April and remains impressed.

“The coaching staff, the recruiting class they’re bringing in, the linebackers coach and coach Pruitt. I was close with coach Pruitt when he was at Georgia.”

After his senior year, Cowan will play in the Army All-American Bowl, but is focused on having a strong senior year.

“Just to finish out strong with my boys. We had a lot of transfers and so I’m just ready to finish out with boys,” the 6-4, 215-pound linebacker said. 

Cowan was out to prove people wrong that think he’s specifically a defensive end at the next level.

“I showed I could cover and play in space at The Opening. I’m just working on being the smartest linebacker on the field and knowing where everyone is supposed to be.”

The five-star is Florida's No. 2 outside linebacker according to Scout and the No. 27 overall prospect in the country by Scout.

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