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FSU lands 4-star linebacker commit Vandarius Cowan

FSU added another talented player to the class of 2017 commit list.

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UPDATE: Cowan committed Thursday.


It doesn't take cracking some secret code to figure out that 2017 four-star outside linebacker Vandarius Cowan holds FSU above the rest.

The 6-foot-4, 221-pound Cowan, out of Palm Beach Gardens, is still listed by many as a defensive end, but personally requested to be listed as a linebacker because that's where the Seminoles currently like him. He holds offers from several schools including Auburn, Georgia, Florida, Notre Dame and many more.

Though, none of those hold the same weight as the offer he received from FSU on April 30, and his first visit to campus only added to his favoritism.

"Florida State is definitely the leader, I love it here," Cowan said. "None of the other teams are pushing the situation like Florida State. They keep in contact with me, they keep up with me. It makes me feel really good because I've always been a (FSU) fan."

"The atmosphere, the coaches, the players, this (practice facility) - it's everything you want (as a player), and I'm really happy I made it up here for camp."

Cowan spent time with numerous members of FSU's coaching staff on Wednesday, but none had the impact that linebackers coach Bill Miller had on the enthusiastic recruit.

"My first impression of the coaching staff is that I really like the coaching staff," Cowan said. "Coach Miller, you know, he's fun and games sometimes, but when he's out there coaching, there are no games. You gotta dot your i's and cross your t's. You gotta almost be perfect, so I like that. And I like that he pushes you to get better. That's what I want in a coach."

"They want me at outside linebacker. (Miller) told me he wants to see how I fit into the scheme and stuff like that, and I'm going to be up here more often so I can work that stuff."

But before Cowan departs Tallahassee for Palm Beach Gardens, he has one last meeting scheduled with FSU head coach Jimbo Fisher Thursday afternoon - and it could be an important one.

"We're just gonna talk," Cowart said with an animated grin. "I might commit. That's why I need to go talk to Jimbo."

Cowan will make a trip to South Bend, Indiana next week to visit Notre Dame, and plan to be back in Tallahassee on his birthday, July 15, for an FSU visit.