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2015 Watch List RB Taj McGowan, Hallandale HS

2015 Watch List RB Taj McGowan (6’0, 185, 4.5) of Hallandale High in Florida doesn’t claim any offers yet, but told Varsity Preps he’s hearing from Miami and Arkansas.

McGowan (#2 pictured above) camped at Miami, then later took an unofficial visit. He spoke about his time on UM’s campus.

“I attended the camp first. All the coaches were hands on and made sure everyone was executing all the drills right. I’ve been in touch with RB coach Hurlie Brown and I took an unofficial visit there later,” he said. “I got the chance to tour campus, then I sat down and spoke with Al Golden and Coach Brown. They were telling they liked my highlights, how my season progressed, and that they were thinking about an offer. I really enjoyed my visit.”

Another local program has expressed interest in McGowan.

“I camped at FAU and had a good time there, the competition was good. It was a great experience. I want to find out more about them and I’ll consider them in the future.”

The Arkansas Razorbacks are showing heavy interest in Hallandale’s versatile 2015 RB.

“They have been sending me a ton of mail, asking for an unofficial visit and inviting me to their camps. I really don’t know that much about them yet, but I’ll consider them.”

Over the offseason, McGowan improved several areas of his game.

“I improved my speed, strength, and hands since last season. I focused on catching the ball better during the offseason, so I’ve improved tremendously there.”

His listed his individual goals for the season.

“I want to lead Broward County in rushing yards and touchdowns, and get my team in position to win a state championship,” he said. “We have the personnel to compete for a title. 2014 RB Paul Anderson, 2016 QB Tyler Huntley, and myself will lead our offense. On defense, we have excellent linebackers, we’re quick, and LSU commit John Battle IV is back there ready to cause havoc. I think we can compete with any team that stands in our way.”

In last night’s action against Piper, he had well over 100 yards and four touchdowns as Hallandale dominated on the road, 70-20.

Coach Duncan Andrews, an asst. at Hallandale, says that McGowan is an all-purpose back with a bright future. “Not only is he talented, but he’s a great kid and a team player. He’s dedicated, he does a ton of extra work after practice, and he’s a team leader.”

— Michael Bradley

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