Cotton Talks Colorado and Oregon State

The third-ranked safety prospect in California has narrowed his focus to two schools. Trajon Cotton talks about both programs and his current plan for announcing inside...

Trajon Cotton admits he did not know what to expect when he started getting recruited more than a year ago. 18 programs ended up offering a scholarship throughout the process.

“I think I handled it well. I never let it stress me out too much,” he said. “That said, I can't wait to sign at this point. I am ready to focus in on that one school and prepare to play college football.”

Cotton confirmed Sunday evening that Oregon State and Colorado are “probably my final two.” He currently plans to announce his decision on Jan. 30, two days before signing day, the same day his Inderkum teammate and friend Josh Falo plans to publicly pick his college.

Cotton is set to host another in-home visit with coaches from the Beavers' staff this coming Thursday and he also expects Buffaloes head coach Mike MacIntyre to stop by this week.

“The in-homes could probably be the tie-breaker,” said Cotton, who admits he is torn between both programs.

Cotton talked more about Colorado and Oregon, and what he remembers most about his official visit to both schools:

Colorado: “I have just always liked Colorado and how they struggled, but then they shocked the world and proved everybody wrong. That really inspired me. I have always liked that type of stuff. They were my first offer and have always been recruiting me hard, so I have always liked Colorado. … There wasn't just one thing that stood out on my visit, I just loved everything about it. N.J. Falo was my player host and he went to my school.”

Oregon State: “The whole atmosphere around the staff, the players, stood out. Coach 'A' (Gary Andersen) really cares about the players a lot. It is way more than just football. He doesn't talk about football as much as he does about developing me into a man. … My host was Isaiah Hodgins and he only got there that Monday. I couldn't even tell he just got there six days prior because they were already treating him like he was a sophomore there.”

The Buffaloes and Beavers both value Cotton's versatility. He will most likely factor in as a safety at the next level.

A two-way standout at Inderkum, Cotton accounted for 1,882 yards of offense and 23 touchdowns as a quarterback during his senior campaign. He was credited with 63 tackles, five interceptions and three fumble recoveries on defense.

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