On Thursday, 247Sports released its first rankings of the top 100 prospects in the 2020 class, and it’s no surprise that defensive end Jacolbe Cowan earned a spot near the top of the list.
Just a sophomore, Cowan stands at 6-foot-5, 250 pounds and holds close to 20 scholarship offers. The Charlotte (N.C.) Providence Day product debuted as a four-star and owns the No. 7 overall ranking.
Many coaches at major programs have their eyes on Cowan already, including Clemson defensive line coach Todd Bates.
“I have a great relationship with Coach Bates,” Cowan told TCI, “and I am looking forward to getting back on campus.”
Cowan met Bates during his first visit to Clemson in March for its junior day, and the two have kept in touch since.
“I spoke with Coach Bates a couple of weeks ago,” Cowan said.
When they talk, the conversation isn’t always centered on football.
“We talk a lot about family and life outside of sports,” Cowan said. “The biggest thing that he wants me to do is stay focused throughout this entire process because oftentimes athletes become content with themselves.”
Cowan’s relationship with Bates and the culture at Clemson are a couple of reasons he would love to add an offer from the Tigers to his offer list, which includes Florida State, Georgia, Louisville, North Carolina, N.C. State, Notre Dame, Penn State, Virginia Tech and Wisconsin among others.
“Receiving an offer from Clemson would be big time,” Cowan said. “I have a great relationship with Coach Bates, so the Tigers would definitely be a school that I consider down the road. The one thing that I like about Clemson the most is the family atmosphere.”
Cowan isn’t claiming any leaders this early in his recruiting process. He plans to make a few visits during the college football season but hasn’t yet determined where he will go.
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