One of the best kept secrets this recruiting season is quarterback Patrick Cowan (6-5, 200, 4.6) from Bellflower (Calif.) Saint John Bosco. Cowan is an excellent example of a skillful athlete who didn’t get a lot of attention for most of the recruiting season, but because of his innate talent, schools like UCLA and Arizona are making a late run for his services.
“One of the reasons why Patrick didn’t get a lot of pub is he was a one-year starter for us,” Saint John Bosco head coach Kiki Mendoza said. “On top of that we are basically a running team so he’s not going to get big stats. We don’t spread the ball around.”
“The schools that have really investigated Patrick,” Mendoza said. “They can’t believe that he isn’t the most sought after quarterback in the area.”
“Arizona’s offensive coordinator and quarterback coach Mike Canales is coming by today just to see Patrick,” Mendoza said.
“It is the biggest understatement of the year,” Mendoza said. “But whoever lands Patrick will be getting the biggest steal of the year.”
“The only person who will keep Patrick out of the NFL is Patrick,” Mendoza said.
Cowan proved to be a very wise young man beyond his years with his response to his coach.
“I just want get through college first,” Cowan said. “I just want to make the best out of every experience.”
“In my 13 years of coaching football,” Mendoza said. “I haven’t seen anyone who has a stronger arm than Patrick. There have been some with as strong an arm but none with a stronger arm than Patrick.”
“Patrick’s potential is off the charts,” Mendoza said. “He is very poised and savvy, plus he’s very smart.”
“Patrick is a great kid who has great grades,” Mendoza said. “Once he gets into a system and gets to know it. He’s going to be extremely successful.”
“Patrick has a football IQ,” Mendoza said. “He never put us in a bad situation with his checks.”
Cowan also has great bloodlines. His father Tim Cowan was standout Pac10 quarterback for the Washington Huskies and led them to the Rose Bowl and the Fiesta during his career at UW.
Cowan’s brother is UCLA true freshman wide receiver Joe Cowan.
Cowan has offers from Cal State Sacramento and Idaho. He will visit UCLA this coming weekend on January 23rd. Besides his UCLA trip, he will also visit Arizona on January 30th.
“I like UCLA a lot,” Cowan said. “My brother (UCLA frosh WR Joe Cowan) goes there.”
“Hopefully I will be lucky enough to go there,” Cowan said. “We will see on my trip.”
Does that mean Cowan will commit on his trip to UCLA?
“I feel highly about UCLA,” Cowan said. “But I also like Idaho, Sac State and Arizona.”
“If the right opportunity came I would talk to my parent first, but I could commit,” Cowan said. “I am just waiting to see how the cards unfold.”
“Sac State I really enjoyed my trip there,” Cowan said. “They have a nice school and their program is going in the right direction.”
“Arizona is also on my list,” Cowan said. “I’ve talked to their offensive coordinator Mike Canales a couple of times and he’s coming to my school tomorrow.
“He seems to be a nice guy,” Cowan said. “Canales coached with the Jets. I am looking forward to meeting him.”
“My other favorite school is Idaho,” Cowan said. “Their quarterback coach is Jonathan Smith (former Oregon State quarterback who was a walk-on turned into record breaker). He is real down to earth and a real nice guy.”
“Coach (Nick) Holt (former USC linebacker coach) is the new head coach,” Cowan said. “He is a real up tempo and I think he will turn the program around.”