Plantation (Fla.) American Heritage quarterback Tyler Cogswell has been recruited by the Arkansas Razorbacks for many months. The pro-style quarterback had built a relationship with Bobby Petrino prior to his dismissal. On Monday, the 6-foot-5, 225-pound signal-caller saw the reports that John L. Smith had been hired to replace the ousted Petrino. He knows a bit about the new head coach in Fayetteville.
"I definitely know that he used to coach there and now he is back, so they definitely have a relationship with him already," Cogswell said of Smith. "That is good to see."
On Monday evening, the three-star prospect spoke with a current member of the staff at Arkansas about today's developments and more.
"I spoke with the offensive coordinator, Coach Paul Petrino," Cogswell said. "He sounded pretty excited about it.
"He said everything is going good up there," Cogswell added. "He talked about their spring game, which he said went really well from an offensive perspective. He was talking to me about how they look very good for this year."
At this point in the process, the three-star quarterback says that the Razorbacks, who have yet to offer, remain one of his top schools.
"I still like Arkansas a lot," Cogswell said. "They are definitely still one of my top schools. I still talk with Coach Paul Petrino all the time, like once or twice a week. So we have a very good relationship."
Cogswell currently claims offers from Central Michigan, Florida International, Hawaii, and Nebraska. He expects more to come in the spring and shed some light on a few of the schools that are very active with him at this time.
"West Virginia, Tennessee, FIU, Hawaii, Central Michigan, South Carolina, and LSU is starting up now," Cogswell said.
Like many quarterbacks, offers are likely to come as schools are able to evaluate them in-person during the spring evaluation period.
"A lot of the schools just tell me they want to see me throw in-person and they want to see me practice," Cogswell said. "They said they are going to go from there."
During the summer, Cogswell said he will take a number of visits but nothing has been scheduled as of yet. He mentioned some possible destinations including Arkansas, Central Michigan, Tennessee, and West Virginia.
Summer visits could prove crucial in where the South Florida prospect spends the next few years of his life.
"I am probably going to end up making my decision at some point over the summer, but definitely before my senior season," Cogswell said.
As a junior, Cogswell threw for 1,953 yards and 23 touchdowns. He also rushed for three touchdowns.