USC Nike camp update - Joe Cowan

Joe Cowan is a 6-4, 186-pound receiver from Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco and Husky fans should definitely recognize Joe's name. His father is former Husky quarterback Tim Cowan.

"I think it helps, getting to know people," Joe told about his father's influence. "He doesn't really push me. He lets me do what I like to do, but it helps when meeting people and going places."

Joe had an impressive workout, running a 4.43 40, a 4.38 shuttle, jumping 28 inches, and lifting 185 pounds 8 times. "Actually, I've never run that fast before," Cowan said. "It was a little better than what I was expecting."

Cowan also runs a little track for St. John Bosco, with his personal best in the 400 being a 48.8. On the gridiron, Joe was a first team all-league and all-area selection, catching 38 balls for 917 yards and 9 scores in 2001.

"I'm able to get open and find the open spaces on my routes," Cowan said when asked about his pass-catching abilities. "I hardly ever drop the ball. That helps a lot."

Joe is hearing from a lot of top D1 schools right now. "UCLA, a lot of the Pac-10, the Ivy League, Notre Dame, Florida, Michigan a little bit," he said. "But no one team is coming stronger than any other one."

Any schools he wants to find out more about? "I haven't really thought about it too much, but off the top of my head I would say Notre Dame, UCLA," said Cowan. "I would also say Washington, but I already know so much about them. Stanford, maybe. But I need to think more about it."

Joe has obviously been exposed to a lot of purple and gold, and it shows. "I have a lot of friends of my Dad, close family friends who live in the Seattle area," Joe said. "It's a real cool place. I think Washington's campus is just awesome."

Cowan has some basic summer camping plans laid out, but things are still subject to change. "I'll be going to the UCLA day camp and probably the Washington camp too, but I haven't made any final plans yet," he said. "Right now I'm running track and when that's over I'll be going right back into football." Top Stories