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QB Billy Cosh happy with Houston

12/3/2012

The last few weeks have been busy for Butler (Kan.) Community College quarterback Billy Cosh.

He prepared for his team's appearance in the Graphic Edge Bowl, the NJCAA championship game, against Iowa Western. He had offers from Akron, Houston and Southern Mississippi and spent recent weeks an effort deciding where he wants to spend his college future and sifting through everything that comes with that process.

The season didn't end the way he wanted, with a 27-7 loss to Iowa Western in the title game, but his college future is now determined: He is committed to Houston.

"It feels good to get it done," Cosh said. "I feel like I'm good to go and ready to get to work. That's what I'm all about. I'm not a big fan of recruiting too much. I just like football and playing. I feel like this is the right place and I took a chance on it and it feels good."

As for what specifically felt good about Houston for Cosh, it was the feeling he got from the players and the coaches, particularly his recruiter, quarterbacks coach Travis Bush and head coach Tony Levine.

"I think just interacting with the players really well [stood out the most]," Cosh said. "They were really good to me and all really nice, genuine guys. Coach Bush, Coach Levine and all the coaches were good guys who I had a good relationship with and I felt I could trust them."

Cosh will have two years of eligibility left when he arrives at Houston and two years in which to play them. He's a midterm enrollee and will be in school for classes in January in time to participate in spring drills with the Cougars.

That's important because of the chance to compete. The Cougars endured a difficult transition at quarterback after Case Keenum, with David Piland, Crawford Jones and Bram Kohlhausen all playing at some point during Houston's 5-7 campaign.

"I get a chance to compete and that's all I really want and ask for," Cosh said. "I'll go in there and there's good quarterbacks there. A chance to compete -- that's all I'm asking for."

There was also a bit of a comfort level for Cosh because his father, South Florida defensive coordinator Chris Cosh, previously crossed paths with Levine. Chris Cosh was a defensive line coach for Minnesota in 1991 when Levine was a receiver for the Gophers.

"[My dad] said he was a hard-working guy and from being around him, he's a really genuine guy," Billy Cosh said. "The [Houston] players all had very good things to say about him and I'm just excited to be a part of it."

Billy Cosh felt a good connection with Bush as well.

"He's just a great guy, a guy that likes football, he's a coach's son, kind of like me," Cosh said. "I'm a coach's son myself so I can relate to that. He loves football, he enjoys the game and breaking down the X's and O's and that's kind of how I am. I'm a gym rat, so that's a good fit, I think."

Cosh, who originally signed with Kansas State out of high school and spent a year there and at James Madison before coming to Butler, is also excited to be a part of the Cougars' wide-open spread offense.

"It was a big impact," Cosh said. "I really like what they did with Keenum and all the quarterbacks that have played there. It's a system where they get the ball out quick, so it kind of fits what I can do and I can get the ball to the playmakers, the receivers and the backs. It's a good quarterback system. It's something I did in high school and had a lot of success with so it's a good deal."

Cosh is the 12th commitment in Houston's 2013 class and the second quarterback commit, joining Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Saint Thomas Aquinas prospect John O'Korn. Cosh suffered a knee injury that forced him out of the Graphic Edge Bowl early, but he said it isn't serious and that he'll be back soon.

"I got hurt a little bit but I'll be fine," he said. "I'll be back in a few weeks."