Signing day update: DE Bryce Cottrell

February, 1, 2012
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AUSTIN, Texas -- Two-star defensive end Bryce Cottrell (Plano, Texas/West) has signed his letter of intent to Texas.

Cottrell (6-foot-3, 225 pounds) switched his commitment from Oregon to the Longhorns on Monday after taking an official visit to Texas over the weekend.

Cottrell is one of four defensive ends committed to the Longhorns along with Caleb Bluiett (Beaumont, Texas/West Brook) and Hassan Ridgeway (Mansfield, Texas/Mansfield).

He chose Texas over offers from Oregon, Arkansas, Arizona State, Boston College, Ole Miss, Wake Forest, Syracuse, Baylor, Mississippi State, and Purdue.

Scouts take: “An active player against the run, particularly chasing down ball carrier from a weak side technique. Has good height and muscular build with plenty of room for growth. Improved upper body strength will benefit his ability to stand his ground and create more separation when up on the line in college. Overall, Cottrell has good upside and physical tools develop into the outside linebacker position. With refinement of technique, improved read and recognition skills and coverage experience he could grow into a solid BCS level player.”

Importance to class: Texas was desperate for another defensive end after losing out on Mario Edwards and thinking Torshiro Davis was firm in with LSU. So it went out and got Cottrell after little to no contact between either party. Cottrell is the lowest-rated player in Texas’ class but is important nonetheless. The Longhorns return five defensive ends, including both starters in Jackson Jeffcoat and Alex Okafor. But only one of those (Cedric Reed) will be an underclassmen next season. It was important for Texas to build some depth at that position in this class, and it did so with Cottrell.

How soon can he make an impact? He’s probably going to redshirt due to the numbers in front of him. Jeffcoat, Okafor, Reed, Chris Whaley and Reggie Wilson all return.

Cottrell on signing with Texas: “It was best for me and my family. Their scheme fit me better. The [Texas] coaches sat me down and showed me everything, and it truly did fit the way I play.”

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