Cowden Talks Commitment

Aztec defensive lineman Michael Cowden talks about ENMU decision

Aztec Nose-guard Michael Cowden has been terrorizing offenses for a few years now in New Mexico. He is a very big young man (6'2, 360) who is surprisingly explosive for his size and at 6'2 has great leverage in the middle of the line of scrimmage. While on his recruiting visit two weeks ago, he decided he wanted to play football at Eastern New Mexico University.

We asked Cowden, what gave ENMU the edge versus your other options? "The fact that Eastern will run a 3-4 and they wanted me as a nose guard and I also like the coaches a lot. They were also very excited for me to come there. I think Eastern has the best chance of building a winning program. Coach Lynn and Coach Soukup had lots of success at NMMI." Cowden said he would play noseguard for the Greyhounds and is excited to play a position that suite his skill set very well.

Eastern New Mexico is making a big effort to sign New Mexico's best high school players. They are even landing kids who are graded out as D1 prospects, but have been overlooked due to playing New Mexico. We asked him how he felt about ENMU's effort to land in state kids. "I like that they are recruiting NM kids. I felt like all of us on the visit got along well and we all shared something in common. I think it's a good idea to recruit in state kids if they are good players, but not just because they are from New Mexico."

Cowden explained that his goals right now are to get stronger and faster in order to prepare him for the next level. Aztec is a pretty good distance from Portales and Cowden plans to enjoy the rest of his senior year and spend plenty of time with his family before leaving for college.

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