VanDarius Cowan has now de-committed from Florida State twice. His third pledge has him headed to the SEC.
Cowan, a four-star outside linebacker from Palm Beach Gardens (Fla.) High School, told SEC Country that he has flipped from FSU to Alabama. He is currently in Tuscaloosa for an unofficial visit.
While at Miami’s “The Opening” regional, Cowan mentioned Alabama was still trying to flip him despite his commitment to Florida State. He told SEC Country at the time that Alabama was his No. 2 school.
“Alabama is Alabama. They like big linebackers,” Cowan said at the time. “(Defensive coordinator) Jeremy Pruitt, who was at Georgia, is still recruiting me now that he’s at Alabama.”
Alabama’s chances of flipping Cowan improved after Pruitt took over for Kirby Smart, who is now Georgia’s coach. When Pruitt was at Georgia, Cowan listed the Bulldogs in the No. 2 position behind the Seminoles.
With Cowan now on board, Alabama has eight commitments in the Class of 2017.
“This was the best fit for me going forward,” Cowan said, via his Twitter account. “I’d also like to thank all the schools that have offered me, but I will be shutting down my recruitment from here on out.”
The 6-foot-4, 217-pounder becomes the Crimson Tide’s second linebacker commit, joining Dodge City Community College standout Gary Johnson, who is an inside linebacker.
Cowan is rated as the nation’s No. 5 outside linebacker and the No. 17 prospect in the state of Florida.
All rankings are provided by the 247Sports composite unless otherwise noted.
Chris Kirschner covers Alabama football recruiting for SECCountry.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on who’s on their way to play in Bryant-Denny.