Cotton earns two offers

There are three Cotton's at Nebraska currently. Ben is a junior tight end and brother Jake is a freshman playing offensive tackle. Dad, Barney, is the offensive line and associate head coach. There is a fourth that could potentially join them next year. Sam Cotton is a 6-foot-4 and 230-pound TE/DE from Lincoln (Nebr.) Southeast and he recently picked up two offers.

Sam Cotton is going to be a name to keep tabs on over the next couple of months. The 6-foot-4 and 230-pound Cotton just pulled in his first two offers and while they are something to be proud off they are often times welcome mats to even more offers.

"Yes sir I got offers from Ohio and Tulsa," Cotton said. "It feels great to just get an offer, but then you have to consider that Tulsa and Ohio are pretty good schools."

Cotton wasn't aware of a lot of schools stopping by Southeast. However, he knows that the two schools that have offered him were there and an Ivy League school would be dropping by soon.

"I have seen just Ohio and Tulsa. I think that Princeton will be here tomorrow. I don't know if Nebraska has been here or not. I am sure that they have come, but might have talked to my coach."

There aren't spring practices in Nebraska so often times college football coaches will see the player doing another sport. The two schools that offered saw Cotton lifting from his coach's office.

"Ohio came down about a month ago and just talked to my coach. He saw me lifting weights from my coach's office. It was the same thing from Tulsa."

An interesting fact about the coach's who offered Cotton is their ties to Nebraska. One of the coaches was a graduate assistant at Nebraska and the other was an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Nebraska.

"Coach Jimmy Burrows from Ohio is recruiting me and Coach Scott Downing from Tulsa is also recruiting me. I guess that they were both at Nebraska at one point."

Many are touting Cotton as being a collegiate tight end. Fact is he didn't get a lot of time as a back up or in multiple tight end sets. He believes one of his offers is to play tight end while the other is to play defense.

"I believe Ohio has been mostly looking at me as a defensive end. Tulsa is a tight end. I really don't know which I would prefer to play in college.

"Last year I was second string tight end behind David Sutton who is going to Nebraska. I played mostly defense, but did play some tight end in double tight formations."

The Nebraska staff is going to get a good look at Cotton in the coming weeks. He will actually be camping at Nebraska twice; one for each side of the ball.

"I am going to both of the first sessions at Nebraska. I am going to do one as a tight end and the other as a defensive end."

Cotton acknowledged possibly following his father who coaches at Nebraska and played at Nebraska as well as two older brothers who are currently at Nebraska. The offer would mean a lot, but he's keeping his options open.

"That would be awesome because of the family tradition, but I am keeping my options open. I am getting looked at by some other really good schools obviously."

Bryan Munson has worked with Big Red Report for nine years, covering recruiting and football. His work can also be seen in's SuperPrep Magazine with Allen Wallace
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