2017 linebacker high on Irish early

Notre Dame offered top sophomore linebacker/defensive end VanDarius Cowan last week. Cowan, former teammates with Irish early enrollee Te’von Coney, explains his thoughts on the Irish offer.

Last week Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly made the stop at Palm Beach Gardens High to pay a visit to Irish early enrollee Te’Von Coney.  While on school grounds, Kelly extended an offer to sophomore linebacker/defensive end VanDarius Cowan

“Coach Kelly came by our school to talk with Te’Von, and he offered me when he was here,” Cowan said. “He told one of our assistants that he personally wanted to extend me an official offer.”

Cowan, who has an offer list that includes Kentucky, Louisville, Miami, Michigan State, Rutgers and West Virginia, plans to visit Notre Dame this summer. 

“I don’t know too much about Notre Dame right now other than Te’Von is committed there,” Cowan said. “They graduate around 93 percent of their players and it’s a great school. “I know they have a camp for some of the top guys in June, and I will definitely be going to that this year.”

Coney, who will officially begin his career as a student-athlete at Notre Dame on Tuesday, named Notre Dame his leader in his recruitment following his experience at Irish Invasion, Notre Dame’s invite-only camp held in June.

“(Coney) has talked to me a lot about the process,” Cowan said. “He said that it can get annoying at times but that everyone should take full advantage of the entire experience if you have the opportunity.”

It’s still early in the recruiting process for the 6-foot-4, 215-pound sophomore, but Cowan has a leader.

“Florida State is my leader,” Cowan said. “Georgia, Miami and Notre Dame are all in my top four. I like Rutgers, too.”

Cowan says playing time will weigh heavily in his college decision.

“I want to start my freshman year, and I want to like the coaches and the players and the whole atmosphere of the school,” Cowan said.

Next season Cowan is slated to start for Palm Beach Gardens High at middle linebacker. As a sophomore, he primarily saw action as a weak-side defensive end.

“Coney didn’t have to teach me too much about linebacker,” Cowan said, laughing. “But, he was a great leader on the field to our younger guys. He was a hungry dude last year.”

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