While he can certainly become a star at defensive end, Byron Cowart could develop into an even better defensive tackle down the line.
The Florida native is 6'4" and 250 pounds, and he has good quickness and strength. Cowart does a good job of reading blocking schemes, plus he has the ability to close on the ball in a flash. He can bull-rush or convert speed to power to get to the quarterback.
Cowart is looking hard at Oregon and Florida, according to 247Sports.
He told the following to A.J. Jacobson of Duck Sports Authority (subscription required) on May 12:
Being able to go out there to Oregon; NIKE headquarters, Phil Knight. Then from an academic standpoint with me wanting to do Sports Broadcasting, the reasons are endless. If you play at Oregon, the fact they are associated with NIKE, there are so many connections out there it is ridiculous.
All recruiting ratings and rankings are from 247Sports' composite rankings. Player evaluations are based on review of tape at Scout.com, Rivals and 247Sports.
Edwin Weathersby is the College Football Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. He has worked in scouting/player personnel departments for three professional football teams, including the New York Giants and Cleveland Browns.