SMU hosted double digit recruits this past week when the Mustangs took on Temple including 2014 commit Lance Cottrell.
The Plano West outside linebacker enjoyed his time on campus and was impressed with SMU's comeback victory.
"It was great. The Homecoming atmosphere was really cool and enjoyable," Cottrell said. "As far as the game, it was really cool to see them rally like that. I trusted them the whole game even when they were down. I knew they could come back, and they did."
During the game, Cottrell focused on watching SMU's outside linebackers, particularly Jonathan Yenga. Cottrell said he paid close attention to his technique as well as his assignments in SMU's 3-4 scheme.
At 6-foot-2, 215-pounds, Cottrell is also projected to play outside linebacker on the Hilltop. The three-star prospect has more experience playing defensive end at Plano West but has seen time at both outside and inside linebacker this season.
"I watched the outside linebackers closely so I know what I'll be doing there in the future. Yenga really stood out to me. I think I can be kind of like him," Cottrell said. "I've been successful in the 4-3 at Plano West. But I personally see myself fitting in the 3-4 at SMU because of my pass rushing skills."
His speed off the edge is exactly what caught the eye of SMU defensive coordinator Tom Mason when he offered him back in the spring. After the game, Cottrell had an opportunity to catch up with Mason.
"We just talked about the game and how the defense played. He said they could've really used me out there, which meant a lot. I also got to meet Coach (Bert) Hill, and he was happy I was there," Cottrell said. "I told them that I had put on some weight, and Coach Mason actually said that I might not have to redshirt depending on how the summer goes."
Cottrell has definitely added some bulk to his lanky frame.
Over the past few weeks, Cottrell has missed time on the gridiron due to a concussion. But he's turned that negative into a positive by focusing on beefing up while spending a lot of time at his grandmother's house.
"I've jumped up from 190 to 215," he said. "I cut down on my cardio and lifted more. I've also been eating a lot of my grandma's food. She keeps feed me her spaghetti casserole so that's really helped out."
Cottrell says it would be a ‘great opportunity' to play as a freshman and hopes to continue bulking up in the offseason. As far as his commitment, it's still 100 percent solid.
"I'm definitely solid. The education is great, and I'm excited about the players coming in with me," Cottrell said. "I met Jordan Severt at the game. I actually played against him last year, and I know he can be a great quarterback. I've also watched Anthony Rhone's film, and I think we can do some great things on defense."
Plano West is currently 5-3 and will take on Plano this week in a game that could determine the Wolves' playoff fate.
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