5-Star Pass Rusher Talks Muschamp And Auburn

Five-star Byron Cowart talks about Will Muschamp being at Auburn and building relationships with other top football prospects at the Under Armour game.

One of the top defensive line prospects in the country, five-star Byron Cowart stole the show at the Under Armour All-American Game in St. Petersburg, Fla. Dominating at the point of attack, he earned MVP honors and showed why he’s wanted by most of the top programs in the country.

A school that has gained steam in his recruiting in the last month is Auburn. Showing some interest in the Tigers, but never enough to put them high on his list, Cowart wasn’t sure about the Auburn until Will Muschamp was hired as defensive coordinator following his stint as Florida’s head coach. Seeing himself in the mold of Gators’ standout Dante Fowler, Cowart has built a strong relationship with Muschamp over the last two years and now that could work in Auburn’s favor.

“It helps a lot because he’s familiar,” Cowart said. “I’m familiar with Dante Fowler and with Dante’s recruitment. He told me everything Coach Muschamp told him and it came to life, it was true so I like him. He’s a genuine guy.”

Now that he has taken a closer look at Auburn, Cowart sees a big need for the Tigers and that means the chance to play early. Losing a load of seniors off the 2014 team and with the possibility that other players may not return as well after dealing with injuries or playing very little, he said that others have taken notice as well. That could mean a huge recruiting weekend on the Plains Jan. 16 when Cowart plans to make his trip.

“I like the fact that they’re losing eight defensive linemen so that will help me out because now I can recruit and talk to guys like Terry (Terry Beckner) and Arden Key, who’s committed to South Carolina. I think we’re all going to take the same visit.”

“We built a relationship and we might end up at the same school,” he added of Beckner. “He’s cool. I made sure I got his number, I got Key’s number, I got all of the defensive linemen numbers because we could go to some school and change it around.”

A five-star prospect and rated as the No. 3 defensive end in the country by Scout.com, Cowart had 68 tackles, 11 sacks and 21 tackles for a loss this season. In his final two high school seasons at Armwood he made 24 sacks and forced seven fumbles.

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