After a junior season in which he says he made 104 tackles, 30 of which went for loss, Cotton says he has five offers and a clear number one.
"North Carolina State is my number one even though they have not offered.
"I like their recruiting coordinator, and I grew up a Wolfpack fan as well."
While awaiting the offer from his favorite, Cotton does plan to commit early.
"I will commit this year during football season, so before December."