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Fast-rising freshman keeping in touch with Clemson

Freshman defensive end Jacolbe Cowan visited Clemson last month as a promising prospect with a 6-foot-5, 250-pound frame, athleticism to go with it and a slew of schools showing interest in his talent.

Since then, he has become a bona fide college recruit as many of the schools showing interest have reinforced it with scholarship offers on a near-daily basis since late March.

The class of 2020 standout from Charlotte (N.C.) Providence Day now has offers from ACC, SEC, Big 10 and Big 12 programs under his belt.

“I have definitely been blessed with the offers that I have received,” Cowan told TCI. “I am very thankful that I have the opportunity to play football at the collegiate level.”

Georgia pulled the trigger on his first offer on March 21. Virginia Tech followed the next day before Iowa State, Wisconsin and South Carolina extended their opportunities a week later.

Syracuse, Virginia, Vanderbilt, Maryland, Wake Forest and N.C. State have all jumped into the mix this month.

Along with the aforementioned, Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Louisville, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State, Southern Cal and Washington are expressing interest.

Cowan has kept in contact with Clemson defensive line coach Todd Bates since they first met during his visit to Clemson on March 4.

“I have stayed in touch with coach Bates and he wants to build a relationship with me throughout my high school career,” Cowan said. “I believe a few coaches from the staff will be coming to our school sometime soon. So that will be great.

“He told me that he likes my size especially since I am so young. He just wants me to keep working hard and continue to remain focused.”

Cowan had the opportunity to watch Clemson practice while on campus and observe Bates as he coached the defensive line.

“I like his coaching style and personality,” Cowan said. “He is a very uplifting coach who will teach you the right things and push you beyond your limits. I could definitely tell during spring practice that his defensive line was locked in.”

Cowan has also made trips to South Carolina, Georgia and Wake Forest over the past several weeks. He doesn’t have any others scheduled right now.

He intends, though, to get back to Clemson down the road.

“I do look forward to getting back in Death Valley,” he said.

Cowan said an offer from Clemson in the future would be “awesome.”

“The Clemson Tigers are the national champs,” he said. “That speaks for itself.”

Last season, Cowan tallied 70 tackles, 17 tackles for loss, seven sacks and two forced fumbles. The two-sport star also plays basketball for Providence Day.

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