Plano West 2014 outside linebacker Lance Cottrell decided to commit to SMU making himself the first commit of the 2014 class. For Cottrell, he is happy with the decision he made.
"I called coach Mason and decided to commit," said Cottrell. "My brother Bryce Cottrell really supported me in making my decision."
Lance's older brother Bryce, a defensive end at the University of Texas, played a very big role in his little brothers decision to commit to the Mustangs.
"My brother asked me about committing I never really thought about it until he brought it up and was very supportive in making my decision to SMU," said Cottrell. "I talked with my mom about it and she said if that's what I wanted to do then I should do it."
Many other things went into the decision for the 6-foot-2, 205-pound outside linebacker, but two main factors really stood out for him.
"SMU was the first to offer so that really stood out to me. They have good education at the school so that played a role to I want to major in some type of business like finance or something. It also helped SMU being close to home and the fact that many of my friends go there including Mason Gentry who will be up there next season."
Now that Cottrell has pulled the trigger and given his pledge to the Mustangs his focus is now turning to help build the rest of the 2014 class at SMU.
"I will be at the SMU junior day coming up," said Cottrell. "I hope I can bring many of my friends with me they all work hard too."
Cottrell was originally offered by former SMU coach Adrian Klemm but has since been recruited by defensive coordinator Tom Mason. The soon to be senior says that he is solid in his commitment.
We will have more on this commitment this Friday in The Pony Express.