Cotton Names AU Early Leader

Raymond Cotton is showing strong interest in Auburn and the new offensive system.

Mobile, Ala.--Faith Academy's Raymond Cotton, a 6-4, 220-pound athletic quarterback, has a pair of offers and an early favorite in the recruiting process.

"Auburn and Troy," Cotton says of his offers. "Those are the two schools I'm hearing from the most."

Also getting interest from LSU, Mississippi State, Ole Miss and others, when asked if there was a leader on his list, Cotton responded, "Auburn. Auburn is real high. I'm looking for good academics, but especially allowing the quarterback to run and throw.

"I like Coach (Tony) Franklin and his running quarterbacks in the offense--his Franklin System," he adds. "I like that. I can run and throw. People think I'm just sit back there and just throw."

Being recruited to Auburn by James Willis, the Tigers were the first school to offer Cotton. "I got my first offer on the junior day. It was real exciting. It's the first scholarship, from a big school like Auburn, and I really like them. I was a little bit shocked. It was the first offer."

Cotton also visited Baton Rouge for the defending champs' junior day and has another couple of trips coming up.

"I went down there for their junior day," Cotton says of LSU. "I liked it. I liked the facilities and everything. I'm also going to go visit Troy. I haven't visited Troy yet and I'm going to visit there this weekend, and Ole Miss sometime in the next couple of weeks."

Cotton is being recruited by new offensive coordinator Neal Brown at Troy, who was the inside receivers coach the last two seasons under Franklin. He is being recruited to MSU by receivers coach Pat Washington, who was the starting quarterback at Auburn in 1984 and 1985.

"They're recruiting me heavy," Cotton says of the Bulldogs, "but I don't have an offer."

As for making a decision, Cotton states, "It's probably going to be before everybody else, but not too soon."

Faith Academy plays football in the AISA 3A classification and made it to the championship game this past season. Cotton played at Blount early in his prep career and he is also on the track team at Faith Academy.

"I'm running track right now... the 100, the 4x100, the shot put, discus and high jump. My best 100 was a 10.9."

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