Younger Cotton Set to Camp with Hawkeyes

Marshall and Jordan Cotton found their way onto the Iowa football program. Darian Cotton is hoping to land a Division I scholarship offer like his father and brother. The Class of 2011 prospect from Mount Pleasant will camp at Iowa and Iowa State. Find out the latest in the in-state recruit in this Hawkeye Insider update.

Washington (Iowa) High Coach Jason Ganoe might be a little happier after the 2010 football season. He's tired of the Cottons from rival Mount Pleasant.

"They're both darn good players," Ganoe said. "I wish I had them both in my football program."

Jordan Cotton excelled with the Panthers before signing with Iowa in its 2009 Class. The recruitment of his younger brother, Darian Cotton (‘11), has picked up recently.

"A lot of people have been through here," Mount Pleasant Coach Bob Jensen said. "He doesn't have any offers from Division I schools. He's going to go to some camps and then I think we'll have a better idea of where we sit."

Northern Iowa and Illinois State both are showing interest but have not offered.

"I think they're waiting to see what happens with the (FBS) schools," Jensen said.

Cotton (5-11, 165) plans on camping at Iowa, Iowa State and Illinois State, Jensen said. He could head out to more.

"I think if Jordan didn't have that mystique from when he played, Darian would be getting more credit," Ganoe said. "Jordan is a step faster but Darian reminds more and more of his brother as he gets older. When he gets to that second level, he's gone just like Jordan."

The younger Cotton plays running back as did his brother in high school. The older sibling is a more accomplished a receiver and could end up in Iowa's rotation at that position this fall.

"I think Darian is more of a defensive player at the next level," Jensen said. "He's not quite as big or fast (as Jordan). He's still growing and I see him at corner or safety, depending on the situation."

Marshall Cotton, father of the boys, played running back at Iowa after a standout career with Davenport (Iowa)Central high. He won three state track titles as a prep and his sons have also excelled at the sport.

Darian finished fifth in the 100-meters at this year's state meet. He also ran 400s and the 4x100 this season and posted a personal best in the long jump of 22-feet, ½-inch, Jensen said.

"I really don't have a feel for how interested Iowa is in him," the coach said of Darian. "I think it's a wait-and-see approach. They want to see how he does at camp and then again this fall."

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