BEAVERTON, Ore. — Ohio State currently has the No. 1 recruiting class in the country, but don’t ask 4-star Alabama linebacker commit VanDarius Cowan about the Buckeyes.
Two words into a question about if he’s concerned Alabama may not have the top class in the country this season because of Ohio State’s success, Cowan interrupted SEC Country.
“I’m not even worried about Ohio State, so don’t even ask me any questions about Ohio State,” Cowan said at The Opening, a premier camp for the nation’s top high school football players held at Nike’s world headquarters.
Cowan is the creator of the unofficial motto for the Crimson Tide’s Class of 2017, “Savages wanna play with savages.” That’s mainly why he isn’t concerned with what the Buckeyes’ 2017 class looks like. He thinks there are more savages in Alabama’s class than Ohio State’s.
“That’s ranked off of all those stars and junk, but we’re talking about Alabama having goons and savages in this class,” Cowan said. “I’m talking about boys who want to play and give it their all. I’m telling you all of my boys that are committed are savages. We are straight dogs.”
The nation’s No. 5 outside linebacker has been one of Alabama’s most outspoken recruits and has been instrumental in getting some of the Crimson Tide’s most recent commitments such as 4-star quarterback Mac Jones and 4-star linebacker Markail Benton.
The U.S. Army All-American admits that Ohio State was better than Alabama in 2015 when the Buckeyes defeated the Tide 42-35, but he said that’s well in the past now.
“I think we’re so much better than them now,” Cowan said.
Expect Cowan to continue to be in the ears of all the top recruits in the country as Alabama tries to leapfrog Ohio State and Georgia for the No. 1 class. The Crimson Tide has had the top recruiting class in the country for the past six seasons.
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.