Lincoln Southeast tight end Sam Cotton's situation is exactly why all high school recruits should camp with perspective colleges.
While his name definitely sounded good to the coaching staff, there wasn't much tape of Sam playing tight end. Now, instead of evaluating him early this fall, the coaching staff has seen all they need to see. An offer was sent out and accepted. Mark down three commitments in the 2012 class.
"I got the offer this weekend," said Cotton. "I actually expected the offer more down the line, maybe when the season started, but I think I got it because of my performance at camp.
"It was pretty attractive when you got your whole family at the university," said Cotton. "Plus, it's a lot easier on my mom because now she won't have to fly around the country to watch me and my brothers play.
"It feels good and there are no distractions anymore. It's all Southeast from here and out. I like that I can focus on helping them win."
The youngest Cotton becomes the first known offer from inside the state to be extended to a 2012 recruit.
"It's definitely a honor to be that guy. But I'm not really focused on myself, but more on Southeast football and to help them."