Irish in lead pack for top pass rusher

Four-star defensive end VanDarius Cowan will visit Notre Dame in June, meeting up with a former Palm Beach Gardens product in South Bend. The Florida junior has the Irish in his top five.

Notre Dame will get visits from a pair of Palm Beach Gardens (Fla.) standouts this summer when 2016 three-star safety Devin Studstill and 2017 four-star defensive end VanDarius Cowan hit campus for Irish Invasion.

Cowan was offered by Notre Dame when head coach Brian Kelly visited the 6-foot-4, 225-pound athlete’s school in January on a recruiting visit. Palm Beach Gardens produced early enrollee linebacker Te’Von Coney last cycle.

“The coaches talk to me about keeping Notre Dame in the picture because they tell me that Notre Dame would be a good fit for me,” Cowan said. “It’s a very nice school, and I like their graduation percentage and how they’re independent and in their own division.”

Cowan, originally from Chicago, holds Florida State as his standalone leader. He’s in the process of mulling over his other top schools.

Cowan added offers from Florida, Florida State and Ohio State last week.

“Not really,” Cowan said, when asked if he had favorites beyond Florida State. “You can put Ohio State in there. Notre Dame is probably No. 4, they’re definitely in my top five.”

Depth chart, campus environment and personality of the coaching staff will factor in greatly to Cowan’s decision-making process.

“How the coaches are outside the field,” Cowan said. “The graduation percentage, the stuff they have around the school, like how much trouble you can get into, will matter. I will look at depth chart because I don’t want five other top players at my position also going to the same school.”

Cowan played primarily weak-side defensive end as a sophomore, though he’ll see more time as a middle linebacker this upcoming season.

“I read the offense well, I get after the quarterback, and I sniff out the ball,” Cowan said.

In addition to Notre Dame, Cowan also plans to visit Florida State and Ohio State this summer.


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