The Houston Cougars are quickly filling up the spots they have remaining in the 2017 recruiting cycle. With the recent flurry of commitments, the Cougars currently stand at 16 commitments and have room to add as many as seven more players to the class.
The Cougars entered last week with just 11 commitments with no offensive linemen committed. Huffman (TX) Hargrave offensive tackle Dennis Bardwell got things started Monday morning and was joined Tuesday by two other tackles in Atascocita’s Samuel Cosmi and San Antonio (TX) John Jay’s Matthew Huhn which effectively ended the Cougars recruitment of offensive linemen for the class.
Cosmi attended the Cougars’ “Under the Lights" camp last Friday and talked to Cougars Digest about the factors that ultimately led to him to feel like head coach Tom Herman and the Cougars were the right fit for him.
“Me and my family have lived here all of our life,” the 6-foot-5, 260 pound tackle said. “They are 30 minutes away and that was one factor. We fell in love with the coaching staff here and the program which is growing right now. I feel like it is one of the best programs in the nation and still growing. The coaching staff here is awesome, they are really like a family here.”
One common theme with Cosmi is his family and their closeness. It is no surprise that they not only helped him to the final decision but were able to be on hand when he went to commit in person.
“We talked the night before about my commitment and we kept talking in circles and kept coming back to Houston over and over,” he said of his family’s final discussions on if he should commit. “My mom and I went up to the school and sat down with coach Herman and told him I wanted to commit.”
As for Cosmi’s future plans, he is done with the recruiting process and is ready to focus on his senior year before joining his hometown team officially next year.
“I went through some camps earlier in the summer but since my commitment I have shut it down,” he said. “I will not be attending any more camps or going on any visits, my family is big on commitment and I won’t be one of those players that changes after I have made up my mind. Commitment is big in my family.”
Cosmi was an All-District first team selection on the offensive line in district 16-6A as a junior.