Plano West began spring practice on April 22, so when the May evaluation period rolled in the LSU staff was quick to send a representative to the Dallas-area high school, where one of the state’s top hybrid defenders – Bryce Cottrell - is quietly putting together his recruitment process.
“I came into spring with offers from Mississippi State, Baylor, and Syracuse,” Cottrell said. “San Jose State and Arizona State coaches have come through since then, and the next offers will probably be coming here in the next week. From talking with coaches, I think they will be from North Carolina, Oregon, Colorado, and Boise State.
“Texas A&M and Texas Tech coaches came out to practice (Tuesday). They are starting to get interested, too.”
During his trip to Plano, LSU tight ends coach Steve Ensminger was able to watch Cottrell work out, and the evaluation back to Miles and the rest of the staff was a passing grade. Cottrell, a 6-foot-3, 220-pounder, also said that the Tigers have settled on the position that they will recruit the Lone Star State standout at.
“(Ensminger) talked with me for about 30 minutes one day, and he just said that they were really interested in me,” he said. “He has talked with my mom ever since then. They swap emails and stuff. They got my transcripts and told me that they would stay in touch.
“Going forward, I know they like me at defensive end, and a lot of schools are still torn on which position they like me at. It really doesn’t matter to me either way. I just want to get to the field.”
Cottrell said he has neither favorites nor a timetable for a decision, and his only travel plans are USC’s Rising Stars Camp later this summer. With a trip to Baton Rouge being set up, Cottrell is anxious to find out more about a school that he feels could soon pull the trigger and offer a scholarship.
“LSU is definitely in the mix and would be right there at the top if they offered,” he said. “It would mean a lot. Not just that they would pay for me to go to school, but I watch the football team on TV and in the championship game a couple years ago, and I know what kind of opportunity that would be to play there.”
Cottrell finished his junior campaign with 80 tackles, 58 unassisted, five sacks, an interception, and a fumble recovery.