Bernthaler wants to be a Cowboy

He hails from Germany, but when you say the word 'football' around Fullerton DE Justin Bernthaler (6-3, 240), he knows exactly what to do and it doesn't have anything to do with playing 'the beautiful sport'. The talented defensive end prospect has been in America for two years and put up big numbers for the Hornets and on Wednesday he decided to continue his gridiron career at Wyoming...

"I committed to Wyoming," an excited Bernthaler told "I made the decision and called the coaches there and told them I wanted to commit and they were really happy."

Bernthaler, who hails from Stuttgart, Germany, used a quick first step and an explosive initial punch to cause havoc off the edge for Fullerton the past two years, racking up 43 tackles, 14.5 tackles-for-loss and also posted eight sacks in the 2011 season alone.

"I'm quick off the ball and I just like to get after the quarterback," Bernthaler said. "I've been playing for 10 years, so football isn't new to me and I came here to play against the best and I had success doing that and now it's time for the next step."

In addition to his offer from the Cowboys, Bernthaler said his coaches had gotten calls from schools like Louisiana Tech, Marshall, San Diego State and New Mexico State among others.

"I'm a spring graduate, so technically I could still take some other visits if teams wanted me to come out, but I'm not going to do that," Bernthaler said. "I am happy with my decision and I'm not going to go back on my word."

Bernthaler plans to sign his letter-of-intent in February and will have three years to play two once he arrives in Laramie.

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