Four-star linebacker VanDarius Cowan committed to Alabama in April and is quick to tell you why he chose the Tide.
“Coach (Jeremy) Pruitt,” Cowan told GN. “Talking to him while he was at Georgia and talking to him at Alabama, realizing he was the best coach for the way I play and how I play.”
Cowan (6 feet 4, 226 pounds) stars at Palm Beach Gardens (Fla.) High, and has the size and speed that coaches are looking for in linebackers. Cowan plays some defensive end in high school, but expects to play strictly linebacker at Alabama.
"I am never playing defensive end in college," Cowan said. "Jeremy Pruitt will be my position coach at inside linebacker."
Cowan, who has accepted an invitation to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in January in San Antonio, still plans to take his official visits. "I am going to take my visits, but it’s not going to change my commitment," he said.
At this point, Cowan said he plans to visit LSU, Georgia, USC, Ohio State and Alabama.
Cowan is considered a top-75 prospect nationally and a top-15 prospect in talent-rich Florida.
Being recruited by Nick Saban is something Cowan says he has enjoyed.
"He doesn’t have a funny bone when it’s game time or practice time," Cowan said. "When it’s time to practice, it’s time to practice, and when it’s time to play, it’s time to play. Besides that, he’s a cool dude; he’s a nice guy."
Cowan is excited about the possibility to play at Alabama.
"When I went up there, I fell in love with the school and the campus," he said. "I’m just looking forward to getting up there."
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