While many Arkansans like to get away to a state like Florida for vacation, Florida native Tyler Cogswell has committed to spend his college career at the University of Arkansas.
The American Heritage quarterback from Plantation, Fla. visited Arkansas at the beginning of June and said he hopes to get back to Fayetteville again before the summer is over and his senior season begins.
"I plan on taking another visit to Arkansas in either late July or early August," Cogswell said. "Last time I was up there, I saw some of the workouts, I hung out with a few players like Tyler Wilson, Austin Tate and Brandon Allen, saw the town more and saw the entire campus and its surroundings. Everything just went really well."
Before making a decision, Cogswell said he searched for specific characteristics of a school at which he would enroll.
"My three qualities that I wanted in a school were academics, a football program and then the campus lifestyle and how I could feel at home there," Cogswell said. "Arkansas suited every one of those, especially academically since I'll probably major in engineering and they have a really big engineering program."
From a location standpoint, Cogswell said that even though it's not exactly close to home, Northwest Arkansas provided an enjoyable atmosphere during his visit.
"I like that Fayetteville is more of a laidback town and I think that suits me more," Cogswell said. "I love the people that I met there – even at a restaurant or a store, something like that. There are just a lot of great people there."
The 6-foot-5 quarterback threw for more than 1,800 yards last season and said he has received comparisons to Peyton Manning and Ben Roethlisberger. He also said his interactions with Paul Petrino and his style of offense assisted his decision to commit to Arkansas.
"When I went up there for Junior Day, (Paul Petrino) told me a little about the offense and that really made me more interested because I saw that I liked what they do," Cogswell said. "They run a pro-style, spread offense that is not one-dimensional and there are a bunch of formations, so I fell in love with it.
"I work a similar offense to the Arkansas offense. Obviously it's not as complicated since I'm in high school, but I feel like I would fit into it very well and I could succeed in it."
Now that he has made his commitment and can focus on on last campaign for a State Championship, Cogswell said he is also working on recruiting players like Jamone Boyd and Zach Hannon to join him as a member of the Razorbacks.
"I tell other recruits that haven't been there that it is a great place to be," Cogswell said. "I also tell them that it's an uprising program that keeps getting better each year and if you look at the preseason polls right now, they have a chance to make a run at a SEC Championship and therefore a National Championship."
While some recruits have voiced concerns with the stability of the program after Bobby Petrino's firing, Cogswell said he has committed to the school, not a particular coach.
"It didn't really play into decision," Cogswell said of Petrino's firing. "What I thought about it was that anything like that could happen at any school. Someone could have a bad season all of a sudden or something like that could happen and the coach would end up fired, but it's not anything I could control and it can happen anywhere.
"Ultimately, I love the school and I appreciate how they handled it."
Cogswell feels at home in Fayetteville
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