After his defensive line MVP performance at the Orlando stop of the Rivals Camp Series, class of 2015 Seffner (Fla.) Armwood defensive end Byron Cowart saw his recruitment explode. Now the 6-foot-3, 248-pounder is taking a closer look at some of the schools showing the most interest.
Cowart recently visited Florida and came away very impressed.
"I love their strength and conditioning coach and me and Coach Muschamp have a good relationship," Cowart said. "My biggest thing was seeing how thing fits personality wise. I'm not into facilities and all the stuff. It matters but at the end of the day it depends on if you the player works hard."
Cowart said connecting and being comfortable with the Florida coaches is one of the main reasons he enjoyed the visit so much.
"All around, I loved it," he said. "It's a good atmosphere, the coaching is good, [defensive line] Coach [Brad] Lawing is one of the coaches that said he's not afraid to coach a good players. Because if I do decide to go to Florida I know I have a coach that knows how to coach these types of players."
Cowart said he has friends and former teammates already on the Gators roster, which would make the transition to college easier.
"It makes it easier on me that if I do decide to go there, just like Vanderbilt, they have guys I know," he said. "It's good to know that I have guys I know."
Cowart mentioned the Commodores as another school he's hoping to get a closer look at next month, along with UCF and Alabama.
"I know we're going to Vanderbilt July 20," he said. "What I like about Vanderbilt is that it's a great place to earn a degree from. It looks good on a resume. I'm looking forward to showing them that I can ball."
Cowart said now that it's up to him to reach out to coaches he hasn't done the best job and he's hoping to reconnect with the Alabama staff.
"I want to go to Alabama because I haven't been doing that well with getting in touch with them," he said. "I want to reach out and show them that I'm interested. I have to do better at talking to guys. I have to call them and that's something I need to work on."