Georgia Tight End Aiming For OSU Visit

Lilburn (Ga.) Parkview tight end Stephen Gowland told that he is hoping to get up to Ohio State for an unofficial visit in the days ahead. He already has a scholarship offer from the Buckeyes. Click here for the latest on this prospect.

Ohio State may have another unofficial visitor on campus this weekend as Lilburn (Ga.) Parkview tight end Stephen Gowland is working on setting up a visit to Columbus.

Gowland (6-4, 220, 4.59) told he is hopeful of making up for a visit this weekend as he begins preseason practice with his high school team.

"I'd like to go up to Columbus this weekend," he said. "I want to go up Friday and stay for the weekend. I've been trying to get in touch with (OSU assistant Mel) Tucker to set something up."

Gowland lists offers from Ohio State, Wake Forest and Troy State. He also has interest in Auburn, Florida and Georgia after attending camp at all three of those schools.

"When you say Ohio State that's enough said," Gowland said. "There's not much more you really need to say. Their tradition is amazing. The amount of fans they have, they love football. It would be a great place to play."

Gowland said he was offered by Ohio State in late May.

"My head coach came in one day with a FedEx package and handed it to me," Gowland said. "It had the scholarship offer from Ohio State. He said, `How does it feel to be holding $100,000 in your hands?' It was pretty exciting."

Regarding his other school choices, Gowland said he believes Auburn is close to offering a scholarship.

"They need a tight end, I understand," he said.

When asked if there is a chance he could commit during his visit to OSU, Gowland said, "I really don't know. Right now, I'm mostly concerned about my high school team. (Tuesday) is our first practice in full pads. We want to win another state championship. I'm just worried about our season. I'm pretty motivated to get ready to go and see what happens maybe as the season goes on."

Gowland caught 20 passes for 452 yards and three touchdowns as a junior. His team went 11-2 and reached the state quarterfinals.

"I play in a run-oriented offense," he said. "But I can definitely catch the ball as well. I pride myself in being able to catch the ball."

Gowland holds a 3.3 GPA and has scored a 1300 on the SAT. He said he intends to major in business. He boasts a 350-pound bench press, 31-inch vertical leap and a projected squat max of 560 pounds.

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