"I came down to West Virginia during the summer to look around, but I wanted to get the crowd experience," said Cowman, an intense competitor who would likely feed off the energy generated by great support. "I have heard stories about how much they support their team, but it's not the same until you see it for yourself."
Once he did, the big lineman wasn't disappointed.
"The fans were really into the game, and I got to see how they were behind the team."
Some observers of the recruiting scene worry that a home team loss detracts from a visitor's experience, but Cowman said that wasn't the case. He saw how West Virginia competed, and what football Saturdays are like at WVU, so the game's outcome wasn't a negative for him, or a damper on his trip. He also met with the coaches after the game, and although they weren't happy with the loss, said that they handled everything well.
Cowman also toured the football facilities before the contest, and noted West Virginia "has a lot of good things" going for it.
The Pennsylvania native has sent senior film out to a number of schools, including his three favorites: West Virginia, Louisville and Pittsburgh. He indicated that West Virginia is evaluating that film and considering an offer now. He hopes to take official visits to all of his favorites once the season is over.
Cowman, who says that his biggest strength is continuous effort ("I play until the whistle, and I don't ever stop"), is also a wrestler, which helps his quickness and endurance.