When Notre Dame made its way to the National Title, they did it with elite front seven players who were performing at a high level. In 2013, the loss of Manti Te’o and the injury plagued seasons of Stephon Tuitt and Louis Nix hampered the Irish to a 9-4 mediocre season.Without those top flight players the Fighting Irish will not return be a consistent double-digit win team.
That is why gaining legitimate interest from Byron Cowart is so important.
Cowart is the nation’s top recruit according to Rivals. However, he is not the consensus #1 player by all recruiting services. 247Sports ranks Cowart as a 67th in the country. Cowart is ranked 21st by Scout and 5th by ESPN. Regardless of his ranking, he is a big time impact player in the front seven.
He checks in at 6’4″ 250 lbs. Cowart hails from Armwood High School in Seffner, Florida. During his Junior season, Cowart collected 72 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, 13 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, 3 fumble recoveries and 2 fumble recoveries for touchdown.
In the video (courtesy of Irish Illustrated), Cowart says that he will take an official visit to Notre Dame, most likely for the game against Stanford. His comments in the video sound like a prospect who would be highly interested in Notre Dame. Cowart discusses faith and opportunities outside of football, two things where the University is definitely elite. Irish Sports Daily was reporting that Cowart was talking up Notre Dame to other recruits at “The Opening” as well.
Byron Cowart still talking about what #NotreDame can do for you out here at The Opening.
— Irish Sports Daily (@ISDUpdate) July 9, 2014
Based on the information pouring out of “The Opening”, fans can be assured that the Fighting Irish have a real chance with Cowart. They will need to battle Florida and Oregon to land his signature. But, what seemed like a pipe dream a month ago is a very realistic opportunity today.