Cotton Looking Elsewhere After ISU Change

Ben Cotton, a 6-6, 210 pound TE out of Ames (Iowa) HS had committed to the Cyclones when his father, Barney, was still the offensive coordinator. After a coaching change, Cotton has reopened his recruitment, and two Big Ten schools are in the lead. Read more in this premium recruiting update.

Ben Cotton, a 6-6, 210 pound WR out of Ames (Iowa) HS has two early leaders from the Big Ten, and strong interest from several others.

"Right now I have offers from Iowa State, Iowa and Wisconsin," he said. "I'm getting a lot of interest from Louisville, some hand-written stuff from Purdue and some interest from Michigan State."

Two stand out for Cotton, even at this early stage.

"My top choices are Iowa and Wisconsin right now," Ben said. "I talk to them quite a bit, I talk to the coaches and things. I'm going to visit Wisconsin after basketball season's out and probably get back up to Iowa again too.

"I've talked to both schools a lot. They've both showed a lot of interest in me and given me a good perspective on why each one would fit me. I like the fact that they're both trying to talk to me personally."

Many fans in the state of Iowa know Ben as the son of former Iowa State Offensive Coordinator Barney Cotton, who was not retained after Dan McCarney resigned in November. Ben had committed to the Cyclones before his junior year began, but has since reconsidered his decision, for obvious reasons.

"I think all I've gotten was a text from the week after signing day," Cotton said.

Cotton began his high school career as a wide receiver, but began to become a better blocker and gain weight, and was moved to tight end. Despite obvious physical advantages, Cotton will not be the focal point of the offense.

"We'll do whatever it takes to get it done, we don't point at one player and ask him to take over," Cotton said. "We've got a good RB who was a sophomore last year. We might be able to do some good things next year, but none of it's going to be based on one particular person."

Cotton said Louisville may be ready to extend an offer, but are hoping to see him in camp or on more complete film before making a final decision. Not much junior film is available, as Ben missed most of last season with an injury. A verbal commitment, however, may be coming decision may be coming before his team even sees the field this fall.

"I'll know I"ll go to the Iowa camp, the Wisconsin camp, and hopefully one or two others like Louisville," Cotton said. "It'll be tough with my baseball schedule.

"I'll probably make a decision around August, in the late summer, before football season."

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