Cotton High On Tigers

This talented quarterback talks recruiting, his visit to Auburn over the weekend, and when he plans on making a decision.

Mobile, Ala.--One of the top quarterback prospects in the South was in Auburn over the weekend for the A-Day game and he notes it was a great experience. Big Raymond Cotton from Faith Academy in Mobile came in along with his father and brother to check out Auburn's new offense and he says it was well worth the visit.

"The trip went real well," the 6-4, 218 Cotton tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "It went real good. It was a good atmosphere. I got to see what the offense had in store. I wanted to see how they threw and what routes the wide receivers were running and how the offensive line blocked. I got to meet the coaches as well.

"I liked the routes the wide receivers were running and how the offense was spread out," Cotton adds. "It lets the quarterback run and throw. It's pretty exciting to see. I feel like I could fit perfectly in that offense."

The fit was so good that Cotton almost pulled the trigger while in town. Favoring Auburn since getting an offer from the Tigers, Cotton says that he came close to putting an end to his recruiting while watching the game on Saturday.

"Yes sir, I almost committed," Cotton says. "They have good facilities and a nice atmosphere with everybody on the campus. It's probably one of the best programs academically and football-wise. I just get along with the coaches and the town is not too big or too small."

Cotton is a physical runner that is developing as a passer.

Up to five offers at the moment with Kentucky and Purdue joining Auburn, Troy and UAB over the weekend, Cotton has some early choices, but says he's close to making his decision in favor of the Tigers.

"It's probably going to be pretty soon," Cotton says. "I would say it will be sometime in the next week and a half or so."

Part of Auburn's draw for Cotton is his relationship with the coaching staff. Having a chance to talk with them on Saturday made for a relaxing time for Cotton and his family, something he feels like is important when looking for a school.

"I talked to Coach (Tommy) Tuberville, Coach (Tony) Franklin and Coach (James) Willis," Cotton says. Already having a relationship with Willis because he handles the Mobile area for Auburn, Cotton says he enjoyed meeting the other coaches. "Coach Tuberville was a real cool guy. He was real down to earth. I like how he coaches. I can trust him. Coach Franklin gets to the point, especially with his offense. He's real exciting. He likes to throw it. He likes a quarterback to do both, but he likes a guy that can throw it."

Cotton has several camps scheduled for the coming months with the first coming up on April 27 when he will be back in Auburn along with many of the top players in the region for the Elite Camp. He'll also take part in the Elite 11 camp on May 2 at LSU.

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Faith is scheduled to start spring football in May, but Cotton has kept busy by running track this spring. He had a meet on Monday with four teams and was the star of the show, winning the 100m (10.9), 200m (23.0), 4x100 and shot put (41 feet) and also finishing second in the discus.

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