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2023 Texas S Peyton Bowen Grateful for Notre Dame Offer

March 24, 2021

The offers are stacking up for 2023 Guyer (Texas) safety Peyton Bowen‍ as Notre Dame offered the 6-foot, 185-pounder last week. 

Bowen called safeties coach Chris O'Leary and received the good news on Wednesday afternoon. 

"I called them right after I got out of football," Bowen told ISD. "Coach O'Leary told me that he really wanted me and that I had myself an offer to Notre Dame. He told me he wanted me up there as soon as the dead period ends. He also said he wants to have constant communication and to call him every week."

It was just the second conversation between the two, but Bowen has already been impressed with Notre Dame's new coach. 

"I can tell he's a really cool dude to be around," stated Bowen. "He's a coach you can be close with and spend some time with. He seems like someone I can build a good relationship with." 

Bowen was also pleasantly surprised when O'Leary handed the phone over to head coach Brian Kelly. 

"I talked to Coach Kelly and he said the same thing," recalled Bowen. "I'm a big target and he saw what I could do on the field, and he wants me at Notre Dame." 

The Texas native is already aware of Notre Dame's success on the field, but Bowen is also learning about life off the field. 

"I knew Notre Dame has been a top-four school in the nation for 2-3 years now," Bowen said. "They have like a 16 percent acceptance rate, so it's a hard school to get into and the education is really good." 

Academics is an area Bowen will look hard into as he knows football won't last forever. 

"I don't have a 100 percent shot of going to the league or anything, so education is important to me," explained Bowen. "I know at Notre Dame I can get a degree in almost anything." 

The Guyer star is a hard-hitting safety and it's not a surprise he prides his game on physicality. 

Bowen is also focused on improving the mental side of his game as he prepares for his junior year.

"I think I do well at fitting holes and coming up to make a stop at any point in time," Bowen stated. "I'll come up and hit somebody. 

"An area I need to improve in is reading route combinations and seeing what is about to happen." 

Baylor, Colorado, Georgia Tech, Michigan State, North Texas, Tulsa and USC have also offered the rising sophomore and Bowen is extremely grateful for each offer. 

"It's been great," said Bowen. "I see how much those coaches believe in me and see a future in me. That means a lot to me." 

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