That is the word from his father, Raymond Cotton, Sr., whose son got a visit from the Auburn head coach last week.
The quarterback is in his first season at Fort Meade High School after his dad, who is a Coast Guard officer, transferred from Mobile to a base in Maryland this summer.
"Raymond is focused on making sure his team gets into the playoffs, which will be a big thing for the team here because they won just one game last season," he says. Last year in Mobile, Cotton led his team to the Alabama private school state championship game.
"The Fort Meade team is 3-4 now and has a very good chance to make the playoffs," Mr. Cotton says. "About 75 percent of the players on the team weren't on the team last year so they are getting better as the season progresses as they gain more experience."
Raymond Cotton is the only quarterback Auburn is recruiting for the 2009 signee class.
While Tuberville and AU assistant coach James Willis, who has been Cotton's primary recruiting coach, couldn't meet with the Cottons on their trip to Maryland because it is a non-contact period on the recruiting calendar, they have talked by telephone.
Raymond Cotton Sr. says his son wants to play college football for Tuberville and has a lot of respect for Willis, too. The 6-4, 223-pounder committed to the Tigers in April after a strong junior year. Cotton has been impressive on the camp circuit, including a Scout.com event on the Auburn campus last spring.