Cotton Moving Closer To Final Decision

Scout.com four-star quarterback Raymond Cotton appears to be close to making his college choice.

Fort Meade, Md.--After months of being committed to Auburn and then weeks of indecision after sweeping changes to the Tigers' coaching staff, four-star quarterback Raymond Cotton is almost ready to make a final decision says his father, Raymond Cotton Sr.

"He got bombarded over the last month and now he just wants to sort things out," Cotton Sr. tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "He is going to take his visits, but probably within the next week he'll make a silent verbal. He wants to do a national signing day deal.

"He'll probably give a silent verbal to all of the coaches to let them know what is going on. He's just trying to relax now. I'm not sure if he's going to take all three of his visits left, but he'll probably take two of them."

Having already visited both Auburn and most recently Ole Miss on official visits, Cotton has been offered by a number of colleges since he backed off his commitment to Auburn. Among them are Arkansas, Maryland, Boston College and others.

His dad says at the moment it looks like his son will visit Southern Miss and possibly Kansas State, but a visit to Mississippi State may not happen.

"Things are winding down here pretty quick," Cotton Sr. says. "I think he kind of knows what he wants to do and what he's comfortable with. He's going to go ahead and make up his mind pretty quickly."

Before his visit last weekend to Ole Miss, Cotton got visits from both James Willis and Gus Malzahn from the Auburn staff. Having a comfort level with Willis because of the longtime relationship he's built with Cotton and the family, his dad says it was good to get them both in to talk with Raymond about the future of Auburn football.

"It went good," Cotton Sr. says. "They've got a good relationship. We have been knowing Coach Willis since...as a matter of fact he was the first guy to come see Ray at Faith Academy (Cotton's former school in Mobile). They built a relationship back then and it still exists now.

"Then Coach Malzahn came in," he adds. "That was a good little visit. They didn't have a lot of time to spend with each other, but they took some time to know each other as much as possible. Coach Willis has played an integral part and will play an integral part down to the wire."

Now with the time to make a decision nearing an end, Cotton Sr. says that he's leaving things to his son and he knows he's done all he can to help him make the best decision possible for his future.

"As a dad I think I know who it's going to come down to, the two schools," Cotton Sr. says. "I won't say that. It's his gig. All I'll do is give him the information he needs."


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