Elite In-State Linebacker Drayk Bowen Discusses Notre Dame, Marcus Freeman
Notre Dame became offer No. 4 for Merrillville (Ind.) Andrean class of 2023 linebacker Drayk Bowen when the Irish staff extended the scholarship on Feb. 12.
“Coach [Brian] Polian wanted me to give him a call and asked how my grades were looking and asked about my family,” Bowen said. “He ended the call by offering me a scholarship.
“I couldn’t stop smiling. I was really excited and happy. I wasn’t at home, so I called my parents right away and told them. It was really exciting.”
Interestingly enough, Bowen’s first offer came from Cincinnati back in the summer of 2020, and of course, the Bearcats’ defensive coordinator at the time was Marcus Freeman, who currently holds the same post at Notre Dame.
Bowen has had weekly conversations with Freeman in the past month and a half, and he also spoke with Freeman and Fighting Irish head coach Brian Kelly on St. Patrick’s Day.
“I really like him,” Bowen said of Freeman. “He’s a really energetic guy. I really like how he coaches and wants to win championships.”
On Tuesday, Rivals unveiled its first Rivals100 for the 2023 class, and Bowen is ranked as as the No. 1 player in Indiana, and the nation’s top outside linebacker and No. 16 overall prospect.
“A two-sport star who also has aspirations of playing baseball in college, Bowen had a breakout sophomore season on the gridiron where he garnered all-state accolades,” Rivals’ recruiting analyst Josh Helmholdt said. “Bowen earns high marks for his size and athleticism at linebacker, but what really stands out when you turn on the film is how he plays the game at full speed.
“He can rush the passer or play in space, and that has made Bowen a coveted prospect early in his recruitment with offers from LSU, Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame and Oregon.”
Bowen holds over a dozen offers and is in no rush to make a college decision.
“I’m open right now,” he said. “I want to build relationships with coaches and see what happens from here.”
The Fighting Irish may be tough to beat for Bowen, though.
“Notre Dame is super exciting for me,” he added.
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