Cotton Looking Forward To Visit

Auburn quarterback commitment Raymond Cotton talks about his upcoming official visit and where he stands with the Tigers.

Ft. Meade, Md.--This is a weekend that Auburn quarterback commitment Raymond Cotton has been waiting on. A frequent visitor to campus for camps, practices, etc. before making the move from Mobile to Maryland, Cotton will be in for an official visit as the Tigers take on the Georgia Bulldogs Saturday at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Cotton says that's exciting to think about.

"I'm looking forward to it," the 6-4, 218 Cotton tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I just want to see the campus again and see what I'm going to be getting into next year.

"I've never seen them play a football game against anybody else," he adds. "I went there for the A-Day game, but not against another team."

A commitment to Auburn when the Tigers were coached on offense by Tony Franklin, Cotton expressed some concern over the direction of the offense down the road immediately after the firing of Franklin. Since then he's had a chance to talk to coach Tommy Tuberville and see the Tigers in action. He also got a visit from Tuberville to see him play. He says everything has him secure in his decision to be a Tiger.

"I didn't see the Ole Miss game, but I kind of like what they are doing now," Cotton says. "They are running and throwing it. I like both.

"It was real important for me," he adds on Tuberville's visit to see him play. "I'm glad they came up just to see me and make sure I was still with them. It was coach Tuberville and coach (James) Willis. I'm a solid commit to Auburn."

Cotton won't be the only official visitor in for the Tigers as several more players are expected in for the weekend. One of those is talented tight end commitment Philip Lutzenkirchen from Marietta, Ga. Two of Auburn's most highly rated offensive prospects, the duo have struck up a friendship that Cotton says has only grown in recent weeks and he's looking forward to hanging out with his future teammate this weekend.

"We have a good relationship," Cotton says. "We met at the first camp we went to. Me and him just started throwing the ball. He liked how I threw it and I liked how he caught it. We just clicked.

"It is real cool," he says of being able to talk with Lutzenkirchen in recent weeks. "Me and him are basically the same. We think the same and talk to each other and see what our thoughts are."

The only unfortunate thing about Cotton's visit for the Georgia game is that it means Ft. Meade's goal of making the playoffs didn't become a reality. Two losses to playoff teams this season when his team had 19 and 20-point leads was the ultimate undoing for Cotton's team as it finished with a 4-6 record.

Cotton showed his form in his final high school game though as he had one of the best performances of any quarterback in the country this year. Completing 24-43 passes, Cotton threw for 439 yards and four touchdowns. He also added 123 rushing yards and two more scores as Ft. Meade won handily 40-6. Cotton says that he feels like a much better football player and quarterback as he closes out his high school career and gets ready for his future at Auburn.

"I think I improved a lot this year," Cotton says. "I played in a different offense, the spread. It helped me see where I'm at in really every different kind of offense. I feel like I improved my throwing the most."


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