Georgia Tight End Playing Waiting Game

Georgia tight end Stephen Gowland updated us on his status. Gowland said he has been offered by Ohio State, but seems to be in somewhat of a holding pattern right now.

We had a chance recently to touch base with Lilburn (Ga.) Parkview tight end Stephen Gowland, who said he has been offered by Ohio State.

Gowland (6-4, 220, 4.59) lists offers from Ohio State, Wake Forest, Georgia Southern and Troy State. He also has interest in Auburn, Mississippi and Tennessee.

"It is weird that Ohio State really hasn't contacted me that much," Gowland said. "Some of the schools I am hearing a lot from include Auburn and Tennessee. I'm pretty sure they are going to offer. Wake Forest already has a tight end commitment. I'm just playing the waiting game right now."

Gowland is rated as the nation's 25th-best tight end and as Georgia's No. 43 prospect overall, according to As a junior, Gowland caught 20 passes for 452 yards and three touchdowns as a junior. His team went 11-2 and reached the state quarterfinals.

This year, he had 12 catches and three touchdowns in helping his team open the year 10-1. He also had 104 tackles on defense. They played a second round Class 5A playoff game this weekend.

"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. Some schools are also talking about defense. This is my first year of starting both ways.

"I think coaches like my understanding of the game. I have a passion. I go 110 percent every play. I don't take plays off. I think I have a pretty good knowledge of the game."

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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