A dynamic and versatile prospect, Jalan Sowell has been forced to miss his entire junior season with the Golden Bears due to complications with blood clots.
Sowell’s situation off the field hasn’t stopped the Commodores or a few other schools from remaining in contact and interested in him.
On Saturday, down on West End, Sowell was on hand to see the Commodores face off with the Florida Gators. A budding relationship between the coaching staff and Sowell has grown over the last few months and the relationship grew even stronger after spending the day on campus.
“I had an amazing visit yesterday and it really feels like home to me whenever I am there,” he said. “My interest in Vanderbilt starts with Coach (Corey) Phillips. He recently joined the staff after working in high school but I’ve known him for some time now and we have a close relationship. When I became sick, Coach Phillips would visit me in the hospital all the time and that really meant a lot to me. We have remained tight ever since.”
“Coach Phillips invited me to come to the Florida game and like I said before, the moment I stepped into the facilities, it felt like home. Me and my father were eating breakfast before the game and Coach (Marc) Mattioli came over and started talking with us. It was a long and great conversation. He told me that he highly recommended me coming to camp next offseason, so they can further evaluate me and continue the recruiting process. You will certainly see me at Vanderbilt’s camp next summer.”
Sowell is still developing as a football player. Having to miss two offseasons in a row due to complications of blood clots, Sowell is still ways off from fully reaching his potential.
When he is on the field, the 2018 speedster is someone that can change the game in the blink of an eye and do it multiple ways on the football field.
Vanderbilt isn’t his last visit of the fall. Sowell plans to attend several games across the state of Tennessee.
“I might be back to Vanderbilt before the year is out but right now I am looking to visit Tennessee, Memphis, and Austin Peay,” he said. “I have been to these places before but I am looking forward to seeing how things look on game day.”
Besides keeping his face fresh in front of college coaches, Sowell is determined to get back to 100 percent and become the force his talents and heart tell him that he is.
“It has been a long, tough road but I am working extremely hard and I am close to being back all the way. I want to be on the field really bad and I want to be out there with my teammates. This offseason will be big for me, not only because of my health but I also want to make some impressions on college coaches. I know I am capable of playing big-time college football, so I just need to prove it.”