Mike Cotton looks the part of a high major college football player. He's just waiting for his grades to do the rest of his talking.
"I think a lot of schools are close to offering," the Class of 2012 linebacker said. "They're just waiting on my ACT scores. I've gotten my grades up."
Cotton said that Iowa is among the schools interested in his testing.
"I talk to Coach (Eric) Johnson quite a bit," Cotton said. "He said they're just waiting on my scores and they're probably going to offer me."
Cotton attended a junior day with the Hawkeyes.
"I'm pretty interested in them," the O'Fallon (Ill.) High product said. "I really liked the field and the facilities. They have a great (coaching) staff."
Kansas State, Indiana, Northern Illinois, Bowling Green and Tennessee-Martin have offered scholarships to Cotton. He's also heard consistently from Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Illinois, Nebraska and Purdue, among others.
"I've been to camps at Illinois and Missouri," Cotton said. "I'd like to get to camps at Iowa and Kansas State or at least visit those schools."
Cotton liked what he saw at Illinois.
"I'm from Illinois, so of course I'm interested in them," Cotton said. "I kind of like their facilities. I get along well with the coaches."
Cotton describes himself as a hard worker, who is physical and quick, and self motivated.
Cotton said his recruitment is wide open at this point.
"I mean, right now I'm just talking to schools and seeing what's out there for me," he said. "I'm open to all schools. I have no timetable for a decision. I'll probably take some official visits after my season."