FSU commit impressed by ND

Florida State linebacker commit VanDarius Cowan believes the value of a Notre Dame degree is enough to keep the Irish alive in his recruitment.

Before four-star linebacker VanDarius Cowan committed to Florida State on June 11, the 2017 Palm Beach Gardens (Fla.) prospect held Notre Dame in his top five.

In town for the Irish Invasion on Friday, Cowan got his first look at Notre Dame. The 6-foot-3, 215-pound prospect visited with his head coach and his teammate target Devin Studstill, an Irish target at safety. Palm Beach Gardens is the same prep program that produced freshman Irish linebacker TeVon Coney.
“The visit was nice, and it was my first to Notre Dame and I saw a lot of new things,” Cowan said. “I learned a lot about the degree that Notre Dame can offer you.”

Recruiting coordinator and linebackers coach Mike Elston worked closely with Cowan during the two-hour event.

“There was no competition out there,” Cowan said. “Running backs or linebackers, there was no competition, but (Elston) is a great coach. He was really cool, too.  Learned a bunch from him. I will keep in contact with him.”

Notre Dame is recruiting Cowan as an outside linebacker due to his ability to get after the quarterback.

“I have a good pass rush and I can read the offensive line,” Cowan said. “Notre Dame likes me at outside linebacker, which is cool. Florida State likes me at either inside linebacker or outside linebacker. As long as it’s not defensive end, I don’t really have (a preference).”

Cowan is a firm commitment to the Seminoles, but he says there’s potential he makes it back to Notre Dame in the future.

“I could see it, yes, because getting a degree means a lot at Notre Dame,” Cowan said. “I’m a verbal commit, so I’m pretty solid.” 

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