New commit Drew Cowart connects generations of BYU quarterbacks


There is a small town just outside Phoenix, Arizona that is home to two of the greatest BYU quarterbacks of all-time, Ty Detmer and Max Hall.  Those two QBs teamed up in 2021 to coach at American Leadership Academy, a 7-12 grade charter school.

And they have had a lot of success, going 9-2 in each of their first two seasons.

The quarterback they chose to lead them this year also has a BYU connection.  Drew Cowart is the son of Jeff Cowart, a BYU defensive lineman from 2000-2001.  Last night Cowart became the newest recruit to commit to play for BYU football (Class of 2023), accepting a preferred walk-on offer.

Cowart is a 6-foot-2 190-pound quarterback that as a senior he threw 176-for-309 (.570) for 2446 yards and 35 touchdowns to just five interceptions.  He rushed 44 times for 96 yards and a score, caught one eight-yard touchdown pass, and had a QB rating of 113.5 (MaxPreps).

In three seasons at ALA, Cowart went 244-for-425 (.574) for 3293 yards and 41 touchdowns to 12 interceptions.  He rushed 83 times for 221 yards and a touchdown, caught one pass for an eight-yard touchdown, and even punted five times for 181 yards (36.2 avg).

Cowart is rated 2-stars by 247Sports (77), who rate him the no. 58 overall prospect from Arizona in the Class of 2023. He has a scholarship offer from Middle Tennessee State, and has seen recruiting interest from San Jose State, Yale, and received a preferred walk-on offer from Utah.  He joins the Cougs as a preferred walk on.

I caught up with Cowart to ask him about his recruiting.

BYU Insider: Why did you choose BYU?
Cowart:  You know what you are getting at BYU! They don’t try to pretend to be what they are not and I love that about them. I have built a great relationship with Arod and Coach Sitake and have always wanted to play for them. Plus, my dad played at BYU and my coaches were BYU all-time great QBs.

BYU Insider: What other schools were showing you love in the recruiting process?
Cowart:  Utah was showing me a lot of love during the recruiting process and made it a hard decision.

BYU Insider: What are some of your favorites?
Cowart:  My favorite movies are When The Game Stands Tall, and Radio. I love country music and the band Skeggs.

BYU Insider: What are some of your recent accomplishments?
Cowart:  Being 1st team all-region this year and taking my school to the open division for playoffs, which was ranked in the top 5 hardest playoffs in the country this year. I am also an eagle scout in boy scouts which is a pretty big accomplishment.

BYU Insider: What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
Cowart:  “Never let anyone out work you.”

BYU Insider: Who is a current player that you seek to emulate on the field?
Cowart:  Justin Herbert is who I try to emulate the most. We play very similar games. Have strong arms and can make plays with our arm or with our legs if we need to.

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Tyler Christensen is a teacher, sports writer, speaker, and ultra-marathon runner. He is the founder of BYU Insider, D1 Recruiting, Virtual School Assembly, and After the Run. When he's not writing or speaking, he's spending time at home in southern Utah with his amazing wife and four children.