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'05 GA TE Stephen Gowland (Auburn walk-on)



claims to have just received a written tOSU offer



Ht: 6-4 Wt: 220 40: 4.69
Position: TE
High School: Parkview HS- one of the top HS programs in the country
(Lilburn, GA)
2003 stats: 20 passes for 450 yards and three touchdowns.
Grades: 4.0 GPA and 1300 SAT

A tall tight end that is a punishing blocker. Has good hands and a frame to get considerably bigger. Even better off the field where he has scored a 1,300 on his SAT already.

A standout at the TheInsiders/MSL Combine, he did 20 reps of 185, had a vertical jump of 30 inches, and had an outstanding standing long jump of 8'10"

free insiders article on MSL performance-considered most impressive TE

Stephen Gowland of Parkview is not the typical Gwinnett County tight end that is going to move to offensive line in college. He is a lean, strong 6-4 and 220 pounds. He ran extremely well in all of his drills and can catch the ball. He had a vertical jump of 30 inches and popped out 20 reps on the bench press.
"Ohio State is on the list even though I would like to stay closer to home than that. I am going to try to get up there this summer and see what all they have to offer and what it’s like. Their tradition is certainly very appealing."
Unless we blow him away on his visit, we better start recruiting someone else.
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GA Terp,
Welcome aboard. Any info you can share with any GA prospects would be appreciated. It sure seems like Gowland is looking to stay in the south. Do GA and FL need TE's in this class, and if so where does Gowland rank on their lists?
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Complete Package

He benches 330, squats 560 and hang cleans 370 (high school record). Great blocker and great hands. Was the best blocker on OL for RB Brad Lester (Auburn signee & over 2000 yds). Caught 20 passes for 456 yards last year and was not team's primary receiver (that was Navy signee WR Greg Sudderth). He has an intense desire to win. As a sophomore he lettered on a senior heavy team that went 15-0 winning GA 5A state and ranked no. 2 in nation by studentsports.com and USA Today. Last year's team went 11-2 and to state quarterfinals. He's smart and he's a team leader.
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Wants more info

He really is undecided about that at this point. He still wants to visit tOSU to find out what its like. Right now, he is most familiar with the SEC and likes the general quality of play there and the speed of the game. I don't think Auburn is the best fit for him because they seem to be stacked with underclassmen tight ends and they don't use the position much in their passing game. He is as good a receiver as he is a blocker and he wants to do both. His 22 plus yards per catch average last year led all receivers (including backs and wide receivers) in Gwinnett County, GA last year (with at least 6 catches).
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SEC and likes the general quality of play there and the speed of the game.

Thanks GATerp!

The Big Ten is constantly fighting the Big & Slow player stereotype. I believe Ohio State showed the world the last few years that is a myth. Even Iowa handled Florida pretty handily in their ball game this year.

Hopefully Steve gives tOSU a chance. But best of a luck in whatever he decides.
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