Dang, Byron Cowart has some strong hands – all the better to beat an offensive lineman and take down a QB or RB.
The Auburn Tigers were among the biggest winners on National Signing Day, securing the commitment of ESPN 300’s top recruit, DE Byron Cowart.
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Cowart, a Senior out of Seffner Armwood in Florida, chose the Tigers and the move to the state of Alabama over the Florida Gators – who had also been on his short-list. ESPN.com reported that Cowart’s close ties to Auburn DC Will Muschamp – who formerly served as the head coach of the Florida Gators
The decision by Cowart came early on Wednesday morning to kick off a National Signing Day that will likely proven to be critical for the revival of the SEC after an underwhelming performance in the 2014 bowl season.
As a high school Senior, Cowart dominated opposition to the tune of 11 sacks and 21 tackles for loss. At 6’4″ and 258 lbs, the 18-year-old Under Armor All-American already has the prototypical size of an NFL-caliber defensive end. And with the defensive prowess of Will Muschamp and offensive genius of head coach Gus Malzahn, Cowart could play a vital role in making the Tigers an SEC title contender in the immediate future.
“Cowart is an athletic, physical and – at times – very explosive defender who should enhance his stock depending on physical development and improved awareness skills,” according to ESPN 300’s scouting report. “A player with a lot of physical tools to develop. Could be a defensive tackle candidate as well.”