"As a matter of fact they pulled me out and did a lot more reps with me than the other quarterbacks," Cotton says. "I felt like that was good for me to get me ready and see what it's like.
"I learned a lot of footwork," he adds. "Working on footwork, that's the basic thing of throwing. If you get your footwork down then the ball is going to go the right way. I felt like I got a lot better. It was a lot of work, but you get what you put in."
A major factor Cotton's early decision to verbally commit was the hiring of Tony Franklin as offensive coordinator. As a 6-4, 215, athletic QB, Cotton says that the spread offense is a good fit and that working with Franklin at camp was a positive experience, too.
"That's a real good relationship," Cotton says of Franklin, who is known to sweat the small things with his quarterbacks. "If somebody is going to get on you all the time, you need that. That's going to push you to be better. That's what I'm looking for. It was motivational and a positive thing. That makes me do better.
"My out routes got a lot better because of the footwork that he helped me with," Cotton points out. "That proved to be good."
High school coaches from around the Southeast help with Auburn's summer camps, but Cotton says he spent most of his time during the two-day event with his future position coach.
"I worked with Coach Franklin mostly," he notes. "Coach (Tommy) Tuberville came over there and stood out there for a while and saw me and observed me. He just told me I did pretty good and he was just waiting on me to come back out here next year."
Cotton played last season at Faith Academy in Mobile, but will be playing his senior season at Meade Senior High in Ft. Meade, Md., where his father will be stationed in the Coast Guard.
Cotton showed off a strong arm at the Scout.com Combine in Auburn in late April and looked even better with his throwing at the Auburn Senior Camp. He adds that he plans on making it to another camp in Auburn in July.
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