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Jacolbe Cowan ranks as the nation's No. 7 overall prospect for 2020 per 247Sports.

Jacolbe Cowan, No. 7 prospect in 2020, says he’s very interested in UGA

Want to attack every day with the latest Georgia football recruiting info? That’s what the Intel will bring at least five days a week. The budget for Monday calls for a chance to check in with one of the nation’s top 10 sophomore prospects. North Carolina defensive end Jacolbe Cowan is already very interested in Georgia. 

Jacolbe Cowan is rated very highly in the Class of 2020. Very.

The 6-foot-5 defensive end from Charlotte also rates Georgia very highly so far in his recruiting process.

Could there be a potential match between those two statements down the road? It is very early, but the Bulldogs have definitely paved the way to be a prime long-term contender for Cowan.

Cowan rates as the nation’s No. 2 strongside DE prospect for that cycle by 247Sports, which also ranks him as the nation’s No. 7 overall prospect.

Jacolbe Cowan-UGA recruiting
Jacolbe Cowan is already rated as the nation’s No. 7 prospect for 2020 per 247Sports. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)

The Bulldogs were his first offer, and Cowan also visited Athens earlier this month for the Missouri game. His mother was also with him for that visit.

The 255-pound prospect from Providence Day School in Charlotte, N.C., has been paying very close attention to Georgia’s play.

“The defensive line has been getting after it all season,” he told DawgNation.

Georgia got in early. Defensive line coach Tray Scott utilized his contacts and coaching network from his days in North Carolina to establish a recruiting relationship at an early stage.

The Bulldogs offer came in March. That mattered to Cowan.

“It shows that Georgia was the first school to believe in me,” Cowan said.

How did that first UGA visit for Jacolbe Cowan go? 

The first game visit for Cowan was a big hit when he made it to Athens earlier this month. The Bulldogs won their fourth consecutive SEC game by at least 25 points and made a big impression on Cowan.

“The atmosphere at Georgia is incredible,” he said. “I will definitely be back in the future. I have been to UGA twice and each of those times I have experienced something new.”

He said he feels that he already has a “great” relationship with Scott. He said the staff has indicated they will pursue him hard because of his size and speed.

Scott apparently likes the way he carries those 255 pounds at that height.

“He just told me to keep grinding and to continue to excel as a young man,” Cowan said.

He has a ways to go since he is just a sophomore. Would he say that the Bulldogs have established themselves as a long-term contender for his decision going forward.

“Yes, they have,” Cowan told DawgNation. “Without a doubt.”

There will be other big contenders here, but the Bulldogs find themselves on very strong footing with an out-of-state player who should be a 5-star prospect in the not-too-distant future.

“Coach Scott started recruiting me when he was at UNC so we have both developed a unique relationship with him,” Cowan said of him and his mother.

The Bulldogs will place a premium on the defensive line so that’s another plus. Clemson and South Carolina are also in the mix here. Cowan also hopes to visit Alabama soon.

Cowan’s player page on 247Sports already lists 19 offers, including from the likes of Alabama, Florida, Florida State, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Penn State and Virginia Tech.

Big news for 2019 with Jalen Perry

The Bulldogs picked up a big commitment for 2019 on Monday morning with the news from Dacula cornerback prospect Jalen Perry.

The 6-foot-1½, 185-pound player visited UGA for the Missouri game and then took subsequent unofficial visits to both Alabama and Ohio State.

That was all he needed to make his decision. Perry chose UGA and committed to the Bulldogs on Monday morning. This decision fuels two trends:

  • It represents another uptick in momentum for the Class of 2019. Georgia now has seven commitments for that cycle. Those future Bulldogs are all homegrown prospects who are rated among the nation’s top 250 prospects in 2019. (Nolan Smith is now at IMG Academy in Florida, but he grew up in Savannah.)
  • Georgia continues to look for size and length with its defensive backs growing forward. Perry checks off both of those boxes.

A few things to think about this week

  • I do not think the Bulldogs are actively pursuing 4-star defensive back Tyreke Johnson of Jacksonville, Fla. ― at least not to the same extent as other schools. Johnson has taken official visits to both UCLA and Ohio State over the past two weeks. He was expected to take an official visit to Georgia later this month, but I no longer see that happening.
  • We’ve written about 5-star cornerback Tyson Campbell a few times already. Our most recent report was last month, and nothing has changed. In fact, I believe the Bulldogs are in a very good spot for Campbell (American Heritage/Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) If I was in the Crystal Ball business, my prediction would point toward UGA at this time.
  • Timothy Ford, the father of 4-star tight end Luke Ford, informs me that the Fords will be in town this weekend for the South Carolina game. It will not be an official visit. Ford can now take visits since his Cartersville (Ill.) High team was eliminated last week from the state playoffs. Ford is ranked as the nation’s No. 2 TE for this cycle. He is a big priority for the Bulldogs with their remaining scholarship slots in this class.
  • Five-star junior outside linebacker Owen Pappoe (Grayson/Loganville, Ga.) is scheduled to release his top 3 schools on Halloween. UGA has done everything possible to be among that top 3. That’s because of the way the program has recruited him over the last three to four months and also because of the program’s performance on the field in 2017. Pappoe told me Monday morning there wasn’t any special reason for releasing his list on Oct. 31. He just arbitrarily picked that day.
  • I’m hearing that another highly rated prospect in the 2018 class will cut his schools down to a top 5 this week. When he does, I also expect Georgia to remain among the finalists there.

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