PALM BEACH GARDENS – Vandarius Cowan was happy, relieved, and free on National Signing Day.
From the comfort of his own home, he faxed his letter of intent to Alabama on the morning of Feb. 1. And later on in the day, multiple media outlets stopped by his residence for a series of exclusive interviews.
In addition to that, the Crimson Tide signee spent some time with the ESPN 106.3 crew at their studios in West Palm Beach and a whole lot more. It turned out to be a refreshing day to remember for Cowan.
“We just signed the best 2017 recruiting class in the nation,” he said in regards to ESPN Recruiting’s final college football team rankings. “It’s a stress reliever for me. I don’t have to worry about any more college coaches or visit. I’m now officially a part of the Crimson Tide, and I’m ready to go to work.”
Cowan marveled at the consistent effort that Alabama head coach Nick Saban put forth in recruiting him throughout the process.
“He came by the house a couple of days ago and stopped by the school when I was at [Palm Beach] Gardens,” the highly-touted linebacker said. “He’s all about winning, and he turned out to be the best coach I have ever met.”
Cowan said he sees himself as a key contributor to Alabama’s vaunted defense for his college freshman year.
“At Alabama, if you put the work in, you’re going to play,” he said. “Their linebacker corps is like a rotation. If you find your way in it and learn the playbook, you’ll see the field. I’m going to do whatever I can to help our team win, and I’ll listen to whatever the coaches tell me to do.”
Cowan said his focus is now on his individual workouts and finishing strong in the classroom. He’s taking his remaining high school courses at home, and he’ll likely be set to graduate with a diploma in May.
“Working out is about lifting, stretching, conditioning, and everything else that comes with it,” he said. “Studying and learning the playbook are what I’ll be doing too.”
Through all the ups and downs of his young life, the Alabama signee has had one person by his side the whole time. His mother, Gwen Cowan, seems to understand him better than anyone else can.
“That’s my baby girl,” he said of his mom. “She helps me with everything. I definitely wouldn’t be where I’m at now without her.”
Cowan offered some parting thoughts on his transition process to Alabama.
“Savages wanna play with savages”, he said. “Roll tide, roll.”