Plano (Texas) West defender Bryce Cottrell is a versatile prospect who could play end in a 4-3 front or outside linebacker in a 3-4. Because of that, the 6-foot-3, 230-pound junior has received plenty of interest from colleges.
Cottrell has held offers from Baylor, Mississippi State and Syracuse for some time. This past weekend he took a visit to Arizona to check out the Pac-12 program.
"It was really good," Cottrell said. "I liked the campus and everything. It was really nice. There was beautiful weather. Really, there was not too much not to like about it.
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"I went out and watched the spring game. I got a chance to meet the coaches and players. I met everybody. They're really nice people. They have great coaches that know what they're doing. I liked what they do on defense. I see how I could fit into that."
Cottrell headed to Tucson knowing that an offer could possibly come his way from the Wildcats. It didn't quite happen yet but should in the near future.
"They said that I'm definitely one of the people that will be receiving an offer," he said. "They just need to talk to my head coach. They're going to talk to him when they come down to see me during spring ball."
Having already been to Mississippi State in addition to Arizona, Cottrell has several other trips in the works as well. Because of that, he says it is too early to name any favorites.
"I'm still taking more visits to schools so it's really hard to say any leaders right now," he said. "I'm probably going to go to Michigan, USC and Oregon. I'm also going to Syracuse on (April) 16 to meet the coaches and everything. They've already offered."
With three offers in hand, Cottrell doesn't know if any other schools could be close to joining the fold.
"I'm not really sure right now," he said. "A lot of schools have been talking to me but they say they want me to come out there and see them and everything."