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There's no doubt that five-star Seffner (Fla.) Armwood defensive end Byron Cowart is one of the nation's most athletic prospects. But in case there was any doubt, Cowart is spending this offseason moonlighting as a linebacker and tight end during 7-on-7 season.
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"It's fun; I do it just to have fun playing a little linebacker and some tight end," Cowart said. "I usually don't get to do a whole lot of that in season so it's fun to get a chance to out here. I like to compete with guys."
While new offers continue to roll in, Cowart said he has a few schools in mind that are standing out above the rest.
"Florida and Oregon is always going to be up there," Cowart said. "Auburn is in there, USC is starting to move up, and I want to look more into Michigan. I would consider myself an SEC guy but there's a few schools out there like Michigan, Oregon and Stanford that can play in the SEC."
While it's never really that big of a surprise for a five-star to add offers, Cowart said at least one new pledge caught him by surprise.
"West Virginia offered and so did Virginia Tech," said Cowart. "West Virginia kind of surprised me because usually you see them going after offensive guys in Florida. USC wants me bad and I heard a rumor they already have me on their depth chart because they are losing a guy they signed in 2012 [Leonard Williams]."
With so many options, Cowart said he's looking forward to a handful of upcoming visits.
"I want to go to Florida on March 8 because they play Kentucky in basketball because I am on spring break," Cowart said. "I want to visit Alabama sometime next week because they have a junior day, Florida State is in there to get a visit a little bit, and USC sometime over the summer."
Even though his schedule is full of unofficial visits, it hasn't stopped Cowart from keeping an eye toward this fall, when he can take official visits. A few schools are all but assured of getting trips.
"I want to say Florida but I am already here so I might not use one there," Cowart said. "I know Oregon for sure and USC for sure if things continue like they are. I want to make those two official visits."
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