Jacolbe Cowan is getting attention from major programs all over as a freshman, and it’s only a matter of time before the offers start piling up.
Clemson is one of the schools showing interest in the 6-foot-5, 235-pound defensive end from Charlotte (N.C.) Providence Day, and he visited last weekend for the Tigers’ junior day.
“I thought the visit was great,” Cowan told The Clemson Insider. “I loved the overall atmosphere and the hospitality the coaching staff showed. The new facility was top notch.”
“It was definitely unlike anything I’ve seen before,” he added of the facility. “Especially the indoor slide that adds the fun aspect to the facility. I like how the facility has so many things to do and keeps the players occupied.”
Cowan had the chance to speak with defensive coordinator Brent Venables and defensive line coach Todd Bates during the visit.
“They told me how they loved me as a player and to continue to work hard in the weight room and the classroom,” Cowan said. “They want to see me on campus again soon and keep in contact with me on a regular basis so that we can build a relationship.”
As a freshman in 2016, Cowan tallied 70 tackles, 17 tackles for loss, seven sacks and two forced fumbles.
Along with Clemson, Cowan named North Carolina, Wake Forest, South Carolina, Maryland, Rutgers, West Virginia, N.C. State, East Carolina, Louisville, Pittsburgh and Michigan State as the schools he is hearing from early on.
What do Venables and Bates like about his game?
“They love my size and athleticism,” Cowan said, “and how quick I am.”
Dabo Swinney and his coaching staff stick out most to Cowan about Clemson.
“I love how Clemson is very family oriented. The coaching staff is great and really takes the time to truly develop a bond with you,” he said. “Coach Swinney is honest and is a man of faith and this stands out to me. And also, graduating and getting a degree is a huge thing for coach Swinney. Lastly, the fan support is incredible.”
Cowan is also a standout basketball player at Providence Day.