The Houston Cougars, and specifically offensive line coach Derek Warehime, put together quite a week on the recruiting front. In the span of of two days Warehime picked up three offensive tackle commits. On Monday, Huffman (TX) tackle Dennis Bardwell pulled the trigger after mulling his decision over the weekend. Tuesday afternoon Atascocita (TX) tackle Samuel Cosmi also called Warehime and the Cougars to join the 2017 class.
Those two commitments set in motion the third commitment from San Antonio (TX) tackle Matthew Huhn, the highest rated of the three, who seemed to already have his mind made up but was hoping to wait to commit on a special day in the fall.
“Houston was already my number one school and I was already going to commit to them anyway,” the 6-foot-7. 280 pound standout told Cougars Digest. “I was going to commit on my dad's birthday but the last thing I wanted to do was lose out on the spot I really wanted.”
As news of Bardwell and Cosmi's commitment circulated, Huhn's dad gave him a heads up on the developments.
“I was a at a leadership event that my coach had invited me to go to and my dad let me know that Houston had gotten their second commit,” Huhn said. “I texted coach Warehime and told him that I was very interested but asked if he could give me that evening to talk with my parents and talk with my coaches. I talked with my parents and coach and they all agreed, so I called coach Warehime up and told him I was committing.”
Huhn feels like he got the full spectrum of the recruiting process just with the Cougars by themselves. He went from underclassman invited to come check out a game, to being offered, heavily pursued and ultimately a commit. Throughout that time, Huhn feels he got a great look at the Cougars and is happy with his decision.
“A big part of why I knew Houston was the right choice is because of the coaching staff,” he said. “That was one thing that has been extremely important to me throughout the process. I absolutely love Houston’s coaching staff. When I went back to Houston the first time after they offered me, they took care of us more than me and my mom, who went with me, could have ever imagined. It was great to see the team attitude being with them on the field. Through the process of getting to know Houston as a program and Houston as a college, talking with graduate assistants and coaches, showed me that it is a fantastic place and there are great opportunities there. We basically fit perfectly.”.
Huhn, who chose the Cougars over Michigan, California, Oklahoma State, Illinois and many others including most of the Ivy League schools, has plans to visit Houston a couple more times this summer.