Four-Star Defensive End Visiting the Vols this Weekend

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    (Photo via @JacolbeCowan12 on Twitter)

    Tennessee’s visitor list for this Saturday’s Junior Day event just keeps growing.

    There are already a number of highly-rated prospects who are going to be in Knoxville over the weekend in both football and basketball, and another recruit just added his name to that list.

    Four-star defensive end Jacolbe Cowan out of Charlotte, North Carolina tweeted out on Thursday night that he’ll be making another trip to UT’s campus this weekend.

    The talented defensive end picked up an offer from Tennessee back in January of 2018, and he visited the Vols three different times last year. He came to campus on an unofficial visit in March, returned over the summer in late June, and came to watch the Vols take on Missouri in mid-November.

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    According to the 247Sports Composite rankings, Cowan is the No. 111 overall player and No. 6 strong-side defensive end in the 2020 cycle. He recently released a list of his top schools, and the Vols were included on that list. Cowan also included Alabama, Clemson, Oklahoma, Ohio State, and Penn State among his top 12.

    Cowan’s junior year highlight film hasn’t been released yet, but even looking at his sophomore year film, it’s easy to see why he’s considered one of the better defensive ends in this cycle. He’s a disruptive force off the edge, and he’s just as effective stopping the run as he is getting after the quarterback. Even if he doesn’t record the sack on the play, he’s able to throw off the QB and force him to make a bad throw. There are still some things he needs to work on from a technique standpoint, but he already has solid strength, a great frame, and quickness off the edge. Those are things you can’t teach, and they’re a solid foundation to build off of.

    In 17 recorded games on MaxPreps from his sophomore and junior years of high school, Cowan has totaled 111 tackles, 24 tackles for loss, 17 sacks, five forced fumbles, and four fumble recoveries.

    Tennessee is hosting a ton of highly-rated recruits, and Cowan is just the latest to tweet out his intentions. In-state center Cooper Mays, four-star receiver and LSU commit Kris Abrams-Draine, and four-star wide receiver E.J. Williams are just a few others who have posted their plans to come visit the Vols this weekend.