Drayk Bowen of Merrillville (Ind.) Andrean, the country’s No.22 player and No.2 outside linebacker in the 2023 class, should be considered a regular on the Notre Dame campus at this point.
He visited South Bend twice over the summer, returned Saturday for the Irish home game against Cincinnati, and he could be back on campus for the USC and North Carolina games. October 23 and 30, respectively.
His last visit – despite the defeat of Notre Dame – was another positive visit.
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âIt was great to see the fans go crazy, to see the coaches and the defense, and the way they all worked together was great,â Bowen said.
There was part of the visit where a handful of rookies were able to chat with Notre-Dame head coach Brian kelly in a group setting. Also, he spent a lot of time with the defensive recruiting director. Chad Bowden and of course, defensive coordinator Marcus Freeman.
âThey were really good,â Bowen said of conversations with the coaching staff. “They talked about me imagining me there.”
The four-star rookie discussed what he’s seen of the Irish on the pitch.
âI thought the game was pretty good,â Bowen said. âIt was nothing major for both sides; it’s the little mistakes that cost you in the big games. These little mistakes made the difference, but you come back next week and learn from them. “
Perhaps the greatest highlight of Bowen’s visit to Notre Dame was spending time with the baseball staff in the morning. The Fighting Irish have had many players from these years, such as Cole Kmet, Jeff Samardzija, Golden Tate and Evan sharpley, who played football and baseball.
âIt was really cool because it was the first school to really meet me with baseball and talk to them for a while,â Bowen said. “I spent an hour and a half learning how they run their program and what they plan to do.”
Through seven games as a junior, Bowen has 52 carries for 366 yards and six touchdowns and 11 receptions for 77 yards and one scoring. Defensively, he made 47 tackles (five for losses), two sacks, one interception, one interrupted pass and two blocked baskets.
Bowen is the Rivals’ top player in Indiana State for the 2023 category.
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