Five-star defensive end Byron Cowart offered good and bad news for Florida fans after Saturday’s season opener.
Bad news first. He’s not committing to the Gators — or any team — this month, as he has pushed back decision date from Sept. 28 to the Under Armour All-America Game in January.
“I just want to wait,” said Cowart, who was expected to pick UF. “It’s (about) stability. I need to see who is going to be here (at Florida) and who’s not. Coach (Will) Muschamp doesn’t pressure me, he already knows. He told me I need to wait.”
Now the good news: Cowart loved what he saw from the Gators in their 65-0 win over Eastern Michigan.
“It was good to see that, and I would say they are going in the right direction,” he said. “I’m a Florida fan, so I want them to get back to when they had Percy Harvin, (Tim) Tebow and all those guys.
“I wanted to see that offense. … It was looking good with the spread. It’s great because over the season people are going to get in a rhythm, they’re going to get comfortable and they’re going to know their tendencies. I knew the defense was going to ball out, but it was good to get a good look at the offense.”
The 6-foot-4, 260-pounder still spent time watching Dante Fowler Jr. and Alex McCalister play the Buck position.
“(Fowler) was standing up, getting double teamed and still working,” Cowart said. “He was everywhere on the field. I like him. I was watching No. 14, too. He’s a long guy and they like him in space. It’s hard to get outside of him.
“I would basically play the same position as Dante. He will probably go to the league (this year). If I come here and do what I’m supposed to do, I could be that guy like he is.”
Cowart is scheduled to take his first official to Maryland next weekend, and he wants to officially visit Alabama and Florida State when those schools play Florida. He has tentative plans to officially visit UF for the LSU game, and then his final trip will be to either Oregon or Vanderbilt.
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