"LSU recruited another punter. They told me he was ineligible, which he was at the time, and so they recruited me. He became eligible so he's going there. There's no hard feelings. I looked elsewhere."
The timing was right for the Hurricanes and new coach Al Golden.
"Miami just came into the picture recently and they need a punter right now. That's why I wanted to go. I talked to Coach Golden and Coach Franklin. Those guys are great."
So why the Hurricanes?
"I've always wanted to get out of California for school and Miami's far away and it has great weather. I'm taking my official soon, on the 21st, to see it up close. They are good academically and their football program overall is impressive. They've had a lot of great years. I'm looking forward to going in and playing."
Botts, 6-foot-3 and 210 pounds, is expected to graduate in May and enroll at UM over the summer. He actually started his college career as a quarterback.
"I played quarterback in high school and actually never punted, never worked on it. I went to Bakersfield Community College to play quarterback after high school. That didn't work out, I didn't fit into what they were doing. I transferred to Moorpark and that's when I started punting."
Botts will have three years to play two at Miami.
"I graduated in 2008, greyshirted in 2008 and in the fall of 2009 it was my first year playing JC. This fall was my 2nd year. I'll have two years and a redshirt. I hope to play just the two years because Coach Golden said they need a punter and if I commit to them, they'll stop recruiting them. That's perfect. I'm excited to get down there."
Chris Sailer, a national kicking specialist, rates Botts as the number one punter prospect in the entire country for the Class of 2011.