Gowdy Patiently Waited On Notre Dame Offer

January 21, 2019
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2020 Deerfield Beach (Fla.) receiver Bryce Gowdy‍ had been patiently waiting on an offer from Notre Dame for almost a year and the offer finally came last week. 

Gowdy stated Notre Dame graduate assistant Brandon Lemon stopped by his school last week and felt good news was on the way. 

“It was great,” the 6-foot-2, 180-pounder told Irish Sports Daily. “Coach, let me know on Twitter I had received a Notre Dame offer. It was a blessing because I had been waiting on that offer since March. I was anticipating it and I finally got it. It was really exciting.” 

Notre Dame’s academics were a primary reason why Gowdy wanted the offer as he wants to make sure life after football is taken care of once his career is over.

“I know Notre Dame is an elite football program and the academics are top-notch,” stated Gowdy. “They are up there with Stanford with academics and athletics. Notre Dame, you think academics first and athletics second.” 

On film, Gowdy makes big play after big play, so it’s not a surprise to see Notre Dame offer along with programs like Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, NC State, Nebraska, Penn State, Purdue, South Carolina and Western Kentucky.

“I’m a playmaker,” said Gowdy. “I make plays. I’m athletic and I can make plays all over the field. I’m working on getting more explosive.” 

Gowdy will take a visit to Tallahassee in the coming weeks and is in the process of planning out the rest of his schedule, which will consist of schools in the  Midwest. 

“I know I’m going to Florida State on February 2nd,” explained Gowdy. “I’m hoping to get to Arkansas, Notre Dame, Penn State, Syracuse and Virginia.”

When it comes to official visits, the Deerfield Beach star is weighing the positives and negatives of spring official visits as he knows a lot can change in six months. 

I know Florida State will be an unofficial visit, but I’m not sure if I want to take any official visits this spring,” Gowdy said. “I’ve thought about it. If something comes up during the season, I don’t want to have used all my official visits. I’m playing it safe right now.” 

Gowdy feels his best relationships are at Arkansas, Florida State and Penn State at the moment, so Notre Dame will need to catch up in the coming months. The new coaching staffs at Arkansas and Florida State have been positives for Gowdy and he’s looking forward to getting to know them better as well. 

“I feel like Arkansas and Florida State are coming up and will have a chance to compete in the future,” he explained. “I’d like to be part of it.” 

Notre Dame might not be considered an up and coming program, but they did have his attention during the fall. 

“I was rooting for them in the playoffs,” said Gowdy. “I was hoping they were going to play Alabama. It was big for me to see them because you don’t hear about them much. They were in the playoffs and that’s big.” 

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