Rivals100 safety Peyton Bowen commits to Notre Dame

Peyton Bowen ushered in the new year in style as the Rivals100 defender pledged to Our lady. Alabama, Oklahoma, and USC were other programs in the mix for the nation’s number 77 player and the number 6 national security player.

Head coach Marcus Freeman has recruited Bowen since his time as a defensive coordinator, which ultimately made a huge difference in his recruiting. Chris O’Leary, the defensive back manager, also played a major role in bringing Texas No. 1 salvation to South Bend.

So far, the Irish are sitting with a recruiting class in the top 10 for the 2022 class cycle. The addition of elite Bowen confidence in the 2023 class strengthens Notre Dame’s ranking. Bowen is the second defensive defender and the fifth engagement in the national top-100.

Here’s more about commitment:


On the role of Marcus Freeman: “They are not that great at recruiting a lot of guys. They recruit a limited number of players and not a lot of securities from their 2022 class left much room for me when I get there. Kyle Hamilton is already starting so by the time I get there, I could play in the red jersey or maybe play as a freshman if I show up and do what I have to do to earn a starting position. If I can get started quickly in one of the most prestigious schools with the most draft picks ever … “

On how Notre Dame’s recruiting stood out: “The way they check me out three times a week. The coaches all text me and Coach O’Leary talks to me three times a week, Coach Freeman calls me during the week and they show they take care of me. L “Coach O’Leary said I already feel part of his family and it means a lot to them to say that kind of thing. They didn’t wait to recruit me, they did a lot during the offseason and they trusted me from a young age.”

On the DB story of Kyle Hamilton and Notre Dame: “I talked to Kyle a little before the North Carolina game when he got hurt. We tore him apart and told him about Notre Dame and what he liked. Coach O’Leary and Coach Bowden said it all. – that I can follow in his footsteps and maybe even be better. It’s a difficult task, sure, but with the right mindset, I could do it. good plan and I’ll get a good degree too. “

On how Bowen splits: “It’s just his work ethic. Peyton does stuff every week. After the day of play, he’s doing catchwork, speed patterns with our boyfriend Dantonio Jordan in the Guyer area; he’s here with me doing skills ( training) and in-game readings. The instinct that a player has – I’ve already seen it on other safeties where they can find the ball … Peyton makes it look so simple. “

On Bowen’s style of play: “The hawk ball game reminds me of JD Coffey. He can find the ball anywhere even when you’re trying not to throw it, you can accidentally find a way to throw it at him. With Peyton, it’s also physicality and bursting. He’s so explosive. He reminds me of Deuce. Harmon, then salute to Coach Keefe, the strength and conditioning coach at Guyer, the way he developed guys like Peyton coming down to hit, going hash to hash; covering from nickel, corner, safety or catcher. Whatever you need, he’s physically fit to do it. “

On the bright side of Bowen to the next level: “Even though it’s early, I’ve been saying this for a long time: Peyton is the best security in the country. All the things we haven’t seen him do, we know he can do. We’ve seen a lot of film, but we don’t have track times. By the way. In which he plays, you can see how he goes from zero to 100 in three passes. It accelerates and you see him at the soccer returns. It is effortless. At the interception returns … every time the balls in his hands he has the ability to score. If he’s not on the court as confident as a freshman, you have no choice but to play him for nickel or corner. He’s like Minkah Fitzpatrick; an attacking midfielder who sees the ball and makes a play and every time he touches the ball you have to be careful because he can Mark”.

Christian White, Peyton’s longtime trainer and DB specialist

On Notre Dame’s recruitment of Bowen: “If you are a defensive player, you definitely want to play for a defensive manager. That’s ideal. Coach Freeman has built a good relationship with Peyton and some of the other guys on our team. He’s been the driving force behind it all. a defensive mind to the head coach. I know that early game times will play a role. “

On the bright side of Bowen in Notre Dame: “They are getting a high level security. In my opinion, he is one of the top two or three safeties in the country. He is very physical when he has to be a runner and he can cover a lot of the field. A lot of games, he has been on a hash and then they hang one up on the other side of the numbers and he’s there. He can cover one sideline for the other but also fill an alley if necessary.

–Mike Gallegos, Denton Guyer assistant coach and recruiting coordinator


One of the best players in Texas regardless of position and one of the most dynamic defensive defenders in the class of 2023. The 6-foot-1, 190-pounder is an all-round security capable of playing multiple deep back positions and making plays in cover of passing and against running. Bowen is a sideline to sideline performer as he returns to cover or gets up to make a play below. It is versatile and impactful anywhere on the pitch with a natural drive towards football.

Over the course of his junior season with two in-game ratings of Guyer and Bowen, he was keen as a midfielder covering a ton of real estate in the back of the secondary. The same occurred last month at UIL Texas state championship games at AT&T Stadium. Bowen was all over the field making tackles in space and helping in cover during Guyer’s emphatic first half in defense against Austin Westlake.

As an impactful underclassman, Bowen won District 5-6A’s Co-Defensive Newcomer of the Year award. It shone as a hybrid security that can make plays deep or close to the scrimmage line. He is exceptional as a positionless defender who is physical with elite instincts and closing speed with the unique ability to bring back interceptions to the house. The same is true in the return game and in stages on special teams, another area of ​​emphasis at Guyer.

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