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2023 LB Drayk Bowen Enjoys In-Depth Look at Notre Dame

June 1, 2021

2023 Andrean (Ind.) linebacker Drayk Bowen‍ made his way to campus on Tuesday to get his first in-depth look at the Notre Dame program. 

The 6-foot-2, 215-pounder was able to get a campus tour in, but meeting the coaching staff left a significant impression on the Indiana native. 

"It was good," Bowen told ISD. "It was just really cool. I got to meet a lot of coaches and they took me through The Gug complex. Then we went on a campus tour and I talked with Coach (Brian) Kelly.

"It was cool to get to see everybody and put a face to a name." 

The meeting with Kelly was significant as the Notre Dame head coach explained why Bowen was a good fit in South Bend on and off the field. 

Kelly also made it clear Bowen's 4.17 GPA also fit at Notre Dame. 

"He spoke about how I fit the criteria for a Notre Dame football and baseball player with my grades," said Bowen. "He said the grades have to be good to do both football and baseball at the same time."

The composite five-star prospect also got some time with defensive coordinator Marcus Freeman, who Bowen has developed a strong relationship with over the last few months.

"It was a really cool conversation," explained Bowen. "We sat in his office and talked a little bit about how Notre Dame is a different atmosphere with how they set you up for life with academics. He also talked about how Notre Dame can you ready for the NFL. 

"He talked a lot about the educational part and we talked a little bit about defense. He showed me some technique stuff that they do at Notre Dame." 

The chance to take in Notre Dame Stadium was also a highlight, along with the opportunity to throw on the gold helmet. 

"Walking out on the football field and the photoshoot - getting to wear all the gear," Bowen said of some of the highlights of the visit. 

"Getting to talk with Coach Kelly and Coach Freeman was all really cool." 

Bowen will visit Ann Arbor on Wednesday before heading to the South to check out Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, LSU, Ole Miss and Tennessee over the next three weeks. 

"I'm really looking forward to seeing the culture of the schools, what they have to offer and putting faces to the names," said Bowen. 

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