Sacramento (Calif.) Inderkum athlete Trajon Cotton is far from shy. The first-team All-Metro defensive back, when asked what California -- who offered on Friday -- likes him as, he said, "NFL safety."
This past season, Cotton rushed 50 times for 388 yards and eight touchdowns, completed 53 of 95 passes for 1,177 yards and eight more scores, racked up 43 tackles and three interceptions for 50 return yards and rushed for four successful two-point conversions. His heart, though, lies on defense.
"[Cal safeties coach] Greg Burns he told me I passed all his evaluations and they'll like to offer me," Cotton said, on his way to Las Vegas for the Pylon Elite 7on7 Tournament. "He said I'm aggressive and I'm a playmaker. He's a cool guy and keeps it real."
http://www.scout.com/college/california/story/1642971-cal-sends-falo-10-... Cotton said he feels his strength as a defensive back is his tackling ability, and creating big plays.
The offer, Cotton said, was a big deal for him. He grew up a Cal fan, and though he really only started watching during DeSean Jackson's tenure in Berkeley, it's a school that he said could be in contention for him down the stretch.
As it stands, Cotton has offers from Colorado, Nebraska, Oregon, Oregon State, San Jose State, UCLA, Utah, Colorado, Hawaii and Nevada, among others. During his ride to Las Vegas, he got to speak with his Inderkum and TMP Elite 7on7 teammate Josh Falo about their mutual Cal offers.
"We're real close," he said. "That's like my brother. We were talking about a package deal."
A two-for-one deal would certainly raise the Bears fortunes in the Bay Area, as both Falo and Cotton are among the most coveted prospects in Northern California.
Cotton was particularly taken with Cal's academic reputation. The 3.5-GPA student said that the education was a big deal for him, after visiting for Junior Day back in early February.
"I love the education and the campus is filled with kind people," Cotton said. "I like the family environment."
When he got the offer, he was over the moon.
"It was a big offer for me," Cotton said. "[It] eems like it was taking forever, but I'm happy they came. There like my hometown team so it means a lot."
Cotton said he's setting his sights on a trip out to Berkeley during spring ball, which starts on Monday. It won't be anything new for him. He's been to Cal "too many times to count."