Ventura Junior College's Alonzo 'Lonnie' McCowan will enroll at Marshall for the January semester and will participate in the off-season workouts with the Herd, according to his coach at Ventura, Terry Morris.
McCowan is a 6'0" 205 pound safety who is from Oxnard, CA who was highly recruited out of high school, but did not meet NCAA requirements for enrollment.
He went to Ventura College and in his first year sat behind two safeties that signed D-1 scholarships. McCowan started the last four games for Ventura registering 4 INTS, including one for a 102-yard touchdown.
McCowan is known as a hard hitter, and was projected to be the team's leader this year on defense. In Ventura's first game Lonnie suffered a nerve injury to his heel, and missed the rest of the season. Herd Insider spoke with Ventura Head Coach Terry Morris, who raved about McCowan.
"Lonnie is a great athlete. More importantly though he is a great person." Morris told us the inside scoop on McCowan, saying, "Lonnie was highly recruited out of high school and didn't qualify. He came here and had to sit the first half of the season as we had two safeties that both got D-1 scholarships. Most guys would not go for that but Lonnie sat and learned, and when he became a starter near the end of the year he made a big impact for us. That tells you what kind of person and player he is. He could have gone to another JC and played but he stayed here."
Look for the rest of this interview in this week's print issue of Herd Insider, which will be mailed to our subscribers and Big Green members on Tuesday, January 14.