Visit A Trial Run For QB Commit Cotton

Auburn commitment Raymond Cotton talks about his official visit over the weekend to see the Tigers take on the Georgia Bulldogs.

Fort Meade, Md.--For Auburn quarterback commitment Raymond Cotton, this weekend's official visit was more of a trial run than one to base a decision on. Confident in his choice of the Tigers, Cotton says watching the team take on Georgia and seeing the campus on a football weekend was all he expected it to be.

"My visit went good," Cotton says. "I just wanted to visit the campus and watch the game. It was a good game too. They fell a little short, but it was good to see the players out there working hard. I visited with Coach (Tommy) Tuberville and Coach (James) Willis. It was good to visit the campus and see what it was going to be like when I got there."

A visitor many times to the Auburn campus as a high school player, Cotton had never been to a real football game at Jordan-Hare Stadium until Saturday. Even though the Tigers came up short in their upset bid of the Bulldogs, Cotton says he loved the atmosphere of the game.

"There were a lot of people," Cotton says. "It's a big stadium too. Just to have that many people supporting you in the game is good."

Cotton also talked about Auburn's offensive attack. Playing a solid game under the direction of Kodi Burns, Cotton says he liked what he saw from the Tigers particularly up front.

"I'm not used to having a big line," Cotton notes. "From what I saw out there, that's a big line. I believe I could do something with that. I'll have fun with that."

Hosted by Auburn freshman wide receiver Philip Pierre-Louis, Cotton says he had a good time on his visit meeting with the players and seeing them before and after the game on Saturday. He says it was also fun having people recognize him and know his name while on his trip.

"Saturday we got up and ate breakfast and went to Tiger Walk," Cotton says. "There were a whole bunch of fans. People were coming up to me and I'm not even a player yet. It was great. Then we watched the game. After that we had dinner with Coach Tuberville. Then we went back and hung out with the players and played some video games."

With his visit in the books Cotton says he's now just waiting until signing day to complete his recruiting journey. A commitment for months, after taking his official visit Cotton says things are definitely over and he's solid in his decision to be an Auburn Tiger.

"That is where I want to be," Cotton says of Auburn. "I get along with the players really good. I just like it there."

Cotton plans to move to Auburn in the summer to begin working towards the 2009 season. As a senior Cotton completed just over 50 percent of his passes for 2,243 yards with 24 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.


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