"Tennessee is my leader for right now," says Cottam. "And Ole Miss and Alabama are tied for my #2 spot.
"My trip to Tennessee was good and I liked it a lot. My brother Brad Cottam (TE) was my host. We hung out at his apartment and played some video games and stuff the first night I was there. I got to talk with the coaching staff a lot, and ate some good meals.
"I'd say the highlight of the trip was talking with coach (Greg) Atkins (TEs/OLs) about how I'd fit in with the program. He's a straightforward guy and he seems like a good coach, and I like what he's done with the program in the past.
"The game they played against Kentucky was pretty close, and I didn't think it would be like that. I guess they finally stuck it out for a win in the end.
"I like the stadium there and the fact that it's in-state is nice. They've got a great winning tradition and some crazy fans. Before this year and last year, they passed to their TE quite a bit. I hope that's something they try to get back to. I really hope that's the case.
"Ole Miss is real close and I grew up a fan of them. Over the past couple years I've gotten close with the coaching staff there. I'd have a good spot on the team for some early playing time if I went down there and played.
"I could also get some PT at Alabama early in my college career. I like the atmosphere there and the fans…they're all real nice and that kind of thing. I like how they throw to the TE and put him into motion a lot. They usually throw to their TE in most of their games.
3.0/23 ACT/no retest