No. 27 is in the Books

The Longhorns were able to convince a talented in-state defender to switch his commitment Monday.

Ranked as the No. 50 defensive end in the nation according to, Bryce Cottrell was the second-to-last player to receive a Longhorn offer (Daje Johnson was the most recent). And about a week later, Cottrell picked the Longhorns, following an official visit.

The Longhorns have been pursuing a third defensive end in the class to pair with Hassan Ridgeway and Caleb Bluiett for awhile, but Texas's bid to land Mario Edwards Jr., at one point considered a great shot, fell short when Edwards recommitted to Florida State after visiting Texas and LSU.

Cottrell's offer came soon afterward, though the Plano West standout is a different type of player. He finished his senior season with 80 tackles and five sacks, and has the frame to develop into a 250-260-pound kind of player.

Cottrell was one of three players to visit the Longhorns over the final weekend before National Signing Day, and was the last to commit. Johnson committed on Saturday, with linebacker Dalton Santos pulling the trigger on Sunday. Two of the three were committed at the time of their visit. Cottrell was an Oregon commitment, but switched, as did Johnson from TCU.

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