“It’s going pretty smooth. Top 12, I’m probably going to cut that in half,” the 6-foot-1½, 187-pound Trajon Cotton said about the state of his recruitment.
“I don’t know yet, but probably something like Colorado, UCLA, Oregon, Arizona State, Nebraska … Utah,” he continued on leaders. Settle down, no specific order.
Cotton’s contacts include CU’s head coach, defensive coordinator, defensive backs coach and recruiting coordinator. That's to say, the three-star is getting a lot of attention from the Ralphie camp.
“I couldn’t get up there this [past] weekend. Very frequently [in contact], I talk to a lot of the staff a lot. Coach [Jim] Leavitt, I’ve talked to coach Mac a lot, coach Chev, the DB coach,” Cotton said.
Cotton was in Boulder earlier this year to spend time at CU with former teammates. He traveled with coach Terrance Leonard of TMP Elite/NorCal fame. TMP is of course a 7-on-7 organization that has been kind to the Buffs in recent classes.
“I like them a lot. I came down, springtime I came down there,” Cotton continued on CU. “The facilities were amazing. They’re probably better than Oregon’s [facilities] to me.”
The 2017 defensive back isn’t the only prospect at Inderkum with TMP connections that the Buffs would love to land. 2017 four-star tight end Josh Falo meets the above criteria and he shares the last name of a CU linebacker.
“I don’t know, [Falo] likes Colorado a lot though with his brother. We talked about going to the same school so that’s definitely one of them,” Cotton said of his high school teammate.
Cotton is a rangy defensive back who can work at safety and slide to corner when needed, a real menace at nickel. CU believes the 2017 prospect will thrive at safety in college. The next step for Cotton will be filling out his official visit card. He has Lincoln on tap, a trip to Eugene in the works and the rest is in the air. Cotton admits, at one point, Oregon was his dream offer.
“Yes, I’ve set up one and I’m working on another one. I set up my Nebraska official visit the week they play Oregon," Cotton said on visits.
“Oregon one I’ll set up when they play Washington. I hear from Oregon a lot. They [say they] really need me, they want me. I’m long, so they could see me stepping right in in the nickel spot. They’re losing some guys this year.”
Colorado continues to push for Cotton to get back to Boulder. CU’s staff is getting a social assist from the group-chat-driven 2016 commits.
“A lot of them be hitting me up, talking to me and stuff. They want me to join, join the rise. The rise is real,” Cotton said in homage to CU's recruiting moniker.
Cotton has drawn interest from pther major programs in Michigan and USC, offers could eventually come from the Wolverines and Trojans. CU fans hoping for a speedy decision from the three-star can pump the brakes. Cotton plans on taking official trips before pledging to a college.
“Probably after a couple official visits. See the game day environment,” he said when asked when he’s likely to commit.