"He is very physical, and he can run. I think you put those two together then they are two very good attributes," Joggerst said. "He has good closing speed and he brings a lot usually to the point of attack."
The recruiting process wasn't always clear cut for the 5-foot-9, 180 pound three-star prospect, who plays linebacker for O'Fallon.
"I wasn't quite for sure with him because size wise he wasn't 6-foot-1, he wasn't 220 pounds and you know because he is a little undersized and he played linebacker for us it was sort of hard to see where he projected," Joggerst said. "I am not going to say I am surprised that some of the big offers came in for him but I wasn't for sure that was going to happen, because he didn't pass the eyeball test necessarily because of the height factor"
He continued thoughtfully, "But once you know Michigan State sort of came out, once you get someone that caliber you know a few more are going to jump in the fray."
And quite a few more did, but Cotton narrowed his list down to three in May -- Michigan State, Indiana, and Syracuse. Whichever of those schools that picks up a commitment from Cotton, is getting a special player, according to Joggerst.
"I think the fact that he can play sideline to sideline, and he can close and he can run are what makes him special," Joggerst said. "He probably doesn't project as a linebacker in college. That was another reason why you weren't quite sure if it was going to translate -- because most likely he is a safety at the next level."