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Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Plano West's Cottrell to Texas after late switch

By Jeff Andrews

Plano West doesn't have the No. 1 prospect in the nation like it did in 2009 with Jackson Jeffcoat, but the Wolves are sending a defensive end to Texas.

Bryce Cottrell signed a national letter of intent to play for the Longhorns on Wednesday, becoming the second West defender to sign with Texas in three years.

Cottrell helped lead the Wolves to the brink of the playoffs. They finished in a three-way tie for a playoff spot in the brutal District 8-5A, but West finished on the outside looking in after losing the tiebreaker.

The senior was originally committed to Oregon but switched just before signing day.

Plano West's Carlos Wiggins also signed on Wednesday, putting his name in ink for New Mexico.

Other notable area players who signed on Wednesday include Sache's Tyler Holmes (Kansas); West Mesquite defensive back Cranston Jones (New Mexico); McKinney Boyd defensive end Jamal Palmer (Baylor) and punter Camerson Decell (Rice); and Lake Dallas receiver Ferrando Joseph (Louisiana Monroe) and running back Dontonio Jordan (Stanford).