A third former Houston Cougars commit is now a member of the 2017 Texas Longhorns recruiting class, as Humble Atascocita offensive tackle Samuel Cosmi pledged to head coach Tom Herman and his staff for a second time on Monday and signed with the ‘Horns on Wednesday.
The 6’5, 260-pounder originally committed to Houston last June, then stayed pledged until flipping to Texas. The ‘Horns offered last week, along with the rival Horned Frogs, before hosting Cosmi on an official visit over the weekend.
And even though he didn’t make up his mind while in Austin, which had seemed like a possibility while on the Forty Acres, it didn’t take Cosmi long after returning to the Houston area to make up his mind.
A consensus three-star prospect, Cosmi is ranked as the No. 1,107 prospect nationally, the No. 105 offensive tackle, and the No. 148 player in Texas, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.
As a prospect, Cosmi is something of a blank slate in that he’s extremely lean — much like current star left tackle Connor Williams was out of high school — and will likely need several years to add the strength and mass that he’ll need to compete at the college level. If he is as heavy as the 278 pounds listed on his Hudl page, that could reduce the amount of time he’ll need in the weight room.
However, he is intriguing as a prospect for that reason, as he’s athletic and moves extremely well and the strength and conditioning staff can mold him in Warehime’s vision. The quality of Cosmi’s feet and movement abilities should also help ensure that he’s a pure tackle and not someone who has to eventually move inside due to mobility issues in pass protection.
The second offensive lineman taken in the class, Cosmi had been one of two offensive tackle targets still on the board, including former Westlake standout Stephan Zabie, who will announce his decision in an ESPNU commitment ceremony early on National Signing Day.
Unfortunately for Texas, Zabie committed to UCLA on Wednesday, making Cosmi an even more important addition to the class.