Former Guyer/San Diego State defensive tackle Dan Kottman confirmed late last night that he is planning on enrolling at UNT in the next few days and will join the Mean Green as a walk-on.
Since the news came down, a couple of people have asked when he will be eligible and how many years he will have left to play.
That’s where it gets a bit complicated, but this is my interpretation of the situation.
Kottman played one season at San Diego State, then sat out last season and left the school after six games. He plans to participate in spring practice at UNT. What I am unsure of is whether or not Kottman will be able to count this school year as the season he sat out as a transfer. I don’t think he will and will have to sit out next year at UNT. That would leave him with two years of eligibility remaining at UNT beginning in 2015.
If Kottman can count this school year as the one he sat out, then he would have three years left beginning in 2014.
The other possibility is that Kottman sits out 2014 and then manages to get a sixth year through a medical hardship waiver. That is always a long shot, but it’s a possibility.
That is why I said that he will have up to three years left.
No matter how one looks at it, the way this all played out is a great deal for UNT. Kottman is a no-risk, high reward type of player. He doesn’t cost UNT a scholarship in 2014 (I have a feeling UNT is holding one or two final spots for a couple of targets, including Cedar Hill defensive end Xavier Washington and Ryan defensive tackle J.T. Williams). UNT will take Kottman as a walk-on and see how things go.
Kottman was a pretty good mid-major prospect coming out of high school. Our Guyer writer Adam Boedeker had a very high opinion of Kottman when he was at Guyer, and no one knows the Wildcats like Adam.
He is undersized — a lot like Ryan Boutwell — which is pretty interesting. Dan McCarney has wanted to improve UNT’s size up front defensively ever since he showed up. Still, Kottman is the kind of player who could be a good rotation guy. That’s been McCarney’s goal all along, to develop a group of eight or so guys to run in and out of games along his defensive front. If Kottman can get to 265 and play at the level of Boutwell, that is a huge win for UNT.
The one caveat in the whole scenario is that Kottman has two shoulder surgeries. The question is if he can get back to full strength and be an effective player at the major college level.
UNT is taking absolutely no risk in bringing Kottman on and finding out.
We will know more about Kottman as a player and how long he will have to play at UNT in the next few weeks.