Cotton Adjusting to New Town, New Team

Auburn QB commitment Raymond Cotton gives an update on his busy summer.

Ft. Meade, four star quarterback Raymond Cotton has been busy this summer making a move from Mobile to Maryland as he prepares for his senior season of football.

The Auburn verbal commitment and his family made the move to his dad's new duty station with the Coast Guard during the 4th of July holiday and just moved into their new house.

"I am still getting adjusted and everything is going well," Cotton tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "I am working out with my new teammates and I just got my playbook."

Raymond Cotton is shown at the Under Armour Southeast Elite Camp at Auburn in May.

Cotton says he has met about half of the guys who will be his new teammates and anticipates that number growing as the start of formal, full-squad practices grows nearer. The team will start voluntary practices on August 1st and mandatory practices begin August 16th. The opening game is scheduled for the first week in September.

However, before that happens he will make a trip cross country to southern California next week to participate in the Elite 11 Camp, which will feature some of the top quarterback prospects in the country. "I was excited when I found out I was invited," he says. "I have been preparing to try to have a good performance there"

A more important camp, however, was his two-day session in Auburn last month. "That was the first time I got to work with Coach (Tony) Franklin," he points out. "He gave me a lot of drills to work on, especially with my footwork. That gave me an idea of what I need to work on to become a better quarterback."

Franklin will be Cotton's position coach and the offensive coordinator when he graduates high school and enrolls at Auburn as a member of the 2009 signee class.

"I have been working on the drills that Coach Franklin showed me at the camp," says Cotton, who notes that he calls the coach and checks in on a regular basis. "The Auburn camp was really good for me because it gave me a good idea of what playing for Coach Franklin will be like when I get to college. I thought it went real well."

Cotton rushed and passed for close to 2,000 yards as a junior in Mobile.

At that session the 6-4, 215-pounder showed a strong arm and quick feet. With Franklin placing a high value on mobility in his quarterbacks, Cotton's ability to run the football is one of the reasons why the Tigers targeted the QB after an impressive junior season at Faith Christian in Mobile leading his team to the state finals where it fell to a Bessemer Academy team featuring a pair of Auburn verbal commitments, wide receiver Brandon Heavens, who has transferred to Jess Lanier High, and linebacker Harris Gaston.


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