Top 2020 DE can see Clemson as one of his top schools come decision time
Class of 2020 defensive end Jacolbe Cowan visited Clemson again last Saturday for the program’s junior day.
This time, the five-star sophomore left campus with a scholarship offer from the Tigers in tow.
“It felt great to get a Clemson offer,” Cowan told TCI, “especially being that Clemson is such a high-caliber school.”
The visit marked Cowan’s third to Clemson, as he also attended its junior day in March 2017 before returning for the Auburn game last September.
“The junior day visit went well,” Cowan said. “It was great to finally get back on campus, and I got to spend a lot of time with the coaching staff.”
Specifically, Cowan (6-5, 250) spoke with defensive ends coach Lemanski Hall, defensive tackles coach Todd Bates and head coach Dabo Swinney.
“All told me to continue to put in the work daily in order to become a better player and to stay focused,” Cowan said.
Witnessing Clemson’s game versus Auburn last season, Cowan saw the Tigers rack up 11 sacks in the victory, four of which came from defensive end Austin Bryant.
Cowan was able to watch Bryant and the D-ends during Clemson’s spring practice Saturday and came away impressed again.
“Clemson’s DEs looked very dominant at practice,” he said. “You can definitely tell that the senior leadership of guys like Clelin (Ferrell) and Austin are wearing off on a lot of the young guys.”
Cowan is a young guy himself, with two years of high school still to go until he can make his college decison.
But after earning the offer from Clemson and getting another experience at the school, Cowan says the Tigers have staying power in his recruitment. He expects Clemson to be in the mix until the end.
“After visiting Clemson a couple of times, they will definitely be a school of consideration on down the road in my recruitment,” he said.
Along with Clemson, Cowan holds offers from Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State, Tennessee and others.
In nine games as a sophomore last season, Cowan recorded 37 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, 11 sacks, two caused fumbles and a fumble recovery.