Byron Cowart, Armwood (Seffner, Fla.)
247Sports Composite Ranking:
Florida, Auburn, Florida State, MarylandCollege choice:
Byron Cowart has been a well-known player on the recruiting trail since earning MaxPreps Freshman All-American honors following the 2011 season.
He has blossomed into arguably the nation's premier defensive player, courted by most of the country's top programs.
A four-year varsity player, Cowart totaled 185 tackles and 28.5 sacks. He also forced seven fumbles and blocked three punts during his time at Armwood.
Florida had been the presumed leader for Cowart for some time, and the 247 Crystal Ball showed the Gators as the team to beat.
However, Auburn gained steam late in his recruitment, after hiring former Florida head coach Will Muschamp as its defensive coordinator. Evidently that made the difference.
"(Muschamp's) a great guy," Cowart told AL.com in December. "He's like
me, but a little worse. He's crazy. He gets out there yelling, he gets
after it and I like that. He's enthusiastic and just out there. He's a