QB Discusses His Change of Venue

A report on quarterback Raymond Cotton, who discusses his upcoming move to another part of the country.

Mobile, Ala.--For many high school students, and not just athletes, making a move to another school in another state just before the start of your senior year can be stressful.

However, in the case of class of 2009 Auburn football verbal commitment Raymond Cotton, he isn't making a big deal about his move.

The 6-4, 220-pounder, who was a standout at Faith Academy as a junior, is moving to Fort Meade High School in Maryland for his senior year. His father, an officer in the U.S. Coast Guard, is being transferred to a new duty station there as a recruiter for that branch of the armed services and he decided the whole family would be joining him.

"It's not going to be too hard for me because with my dad being in the military I have been changing schools since I was born," the quarterback tells Inside the Auburn Tigers.

"I have lived in four different states and this move will be the fifth," he notes. "We lived in Mobile longer than any other place because my dad got an extension so we have been there for seven or eight years."

Cotton, who is interested in majoring in engineering in college, has already talked with coaches at his new high school and says he is excited about his senior season. "The offense they are running is going to be similar to the offense Auburn is running so it is going to be good for me," he says. "It will help prepare me for college. From talking to the coaches their offense is similar to West Virginia's offense, which means a little more running for the quarterback."

Despite making a move to a different part of the country, the quarterback says that won't change his plans to play for Coach Tommy Tuberville's Tigers. "My commitment to Auburn is real solid," an opinion seconded by his dad, Raymond Cotton, Sr., who notes that colleges from around the country have called in the past month offering scholarships and asking if they can recruit the QB. The answers are "yes" his commitment is solid, and "no" to recruiting the quarterback.

"He had 21 phone calls from colleges in the first two weeks after coaches were allowed to call him," says the prospect's father, who notes that the calls have come from programs as far away as Texas, Oklahoma, Oregon, Ohio State and Illinois.


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