High School: Bryce Cottrell

Plano West DE Bryce Cottrell on picking Texas

May, 1, 2012
HornsNation's Max Olson did a Q&A with Plano West DE Bryce Cottrell, who switched his commitment from Oregon after being offered by Texas. He'll be a freshman for the Longhorns in the fall.

Here's an excerpt:
HornsNation: How did you end up a Longhorn?

Bryce Cottrell: Well, I've always wanted to play for the Longhorns since I was a little kid. My mom and my grandma and all them were Texas Longhorns, so it was kind of meant to be. I remember getting a phone call from Mack Brown a week and a half before signing day and they told me they were offering a scholarship. It was one of the happiest days of my life. That's a dream come true.

Read the entire interview here.
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).