CLASS OF 2017: SAMUEL COSMI
Humble Atascocita, offensive lineman (6-6, 279)
HOW DID HE GET HERE? Like fellow Texas signees Marqez Bimage and Daniel Young, Cosmi originally committed to Tom Herman’s Houston Cougars last June. But he became a Longhorn in quick fashion — Texas offered him a scholarship on Jan. 26, he made his official visit to UT on Jan. 27 and then he officially flipped his pledge from Houston to Texas on Jan. 30, only two days before national signing day.
STAR RATING: 3
RECRUIT RANKINGS: Overall, 1,110th; Fab 55, not ranked; Position, 102nd
MILES TO AUSTIN: 170
AT ATASCOCITA: Was a two-time all-district selection and made it onto the Class 6A all-state team his senior year. The Eagles averaged 40 points a game last fall and had a four-game stretch where they averaged 66 points. Atascocita went 25-4 his final two years. He graded 85 percent or above in all 14 games as a junior and graded 90 percent in all 15 games as a senior.
2015: 56 pancakes, 31 knockdowns, only 2 sacks allowed on 476 pass attempts
2016: 66 pancakes, 40 knockdowns and no sacks allowed on 445 pass attempts
WHAT HE’S WALKING INTO: Texas is in pretty good shape along the offensive line that’s anchored by left tackle Connor Williams. Patrick Vahe returns at guard, Zach Shackelford is back at center and both Brandon Hodges and Tristan Nickelson started games last season at right tackle, which is the spot where Cosmi played at Atascocita. He might be a candidate to redshirt.
THEY SAID IT: “I’m always just looking at different things to make me better. I want to be the best. I don’t want to be a mediocre football player. I have a vision, and I want to be great.” — Samuel Cosmi
DID YOU KNOW?
- Cosmi wore jersey No. 52 in high school and he’ll still wear that number at Texas. He said he chose that number to honor former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis. “He’s an inspiration in how he plays and how his work ethic is. He played to the whistle and after the whistle. The guy, he was amazing.”
- With Cosmi on its offensive line, Atascocita reached the Class 6A Division I state semifinals in 2016. The Eagles were eliminated by Lake Travis; in fact, Cosmi joins fellow Texas signees Daniel Young (Spring Westfield, in 2015) and Sam Ehlinger (Westlake, 2016) as players who were beaten in the playoffs by Lake Travis and future UT teammate Cade Brewer.
- Cosmi was coached at Atascocita by Craig Stump, the former Texas A&M quarterback who beat Texas in 1984 and 1987.
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