Opposing quarterbacks, consider yourselves warned. The Columbia Wildcats plan on making life difficult this fall with their imposing defensive ends.
We try to make it that way, said Nick Edenfield, 6-foot-4 and 275 pounds.
Then the Wildcat bookends are off to play offense in college football.
Edenfield committed to Idaho on Tuesday morning, and teammate Eric Cotton (6-foot-5, 235) committed to Stanford last week. Edenfield will play offensive line for the Vandals. Cotton will be a tight end for the Cardinal.
Cotton had offers from Missouri, Washington State, Army, Air Force and Idaho, but chose Stanford for its sterling academic reputation and its football success.
I couldnt find anything wrong (with Stanford) and when you cant find anything wrong with a situation youve got to go for it, Cotton said.
Though Cotton plays wide receiver in Columbias spread offense, he said he was intrigued about playing a more traditional tight end role in the Stanfords offense. Missouri and Washington State employ spread offenses.
His whole life hes been a basketball player. Hes a very athletic big guy. Its not that hes not a good basketball player, but when I saw him I recognized that hes five times the football player that he was as a basketball player, Columbia football coach Derek Mertz said. He had a career if he wanted it in the game of football.
Idaho was the first offer for Edenfield. He said he is not worried about the Vandals uncertain future in the Football Bowl Subdivision.
I think its a great program, he said.
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