Cotton plans official

Nebraska commitment Sam Cotton is fresh off a Nebraska Class A State Championship. When does he plan to officially visit the Huskers? Come inside for the details.

Lincoln, NE - It's not very often that a committed player doesn't get an in-home visit from his school of choice. While a coaching staff might not have to work on selling their program to the senior, the visit is usually a time to work on the relationships.

Unless your Lincoln Southeast tight end Sam Cotton – nearly every night is an in-home visit for the son of Nebraska offensive line coach Barney Cotton. It didn't shock Big Red Report when the senior reported no visit for him this weekend. But an official? That is a different story.

"I was actually talking to my dad about that tonight. I think I will take an official visit soon, just because every time I have gone there it's been as a coaches kid," said Cotton. "It would be pretty good to go with one of the players once – probably necessary to see what it's like from that viewpoint."

Cotton shouldn't have a problem finding anyone to host him, both of his older brothers are on the team, although it's no guarantee they would have to show him around.

Cotton is fresh off a Nebraska Class A State Championship last week, the Lincoln Southeast Knights defeated Omaha Burke 21-9 in Memorial Stadium to take this year's crown.

"Last year we didn't get to decide when our season would end and that really wasn't a great feeling," said Cotton. "We didn't have the chance to lay it out all on the field and hold nothing back, so it was a goal of ours to get to that point this year.

"The moment the clock struck zero, we knew we had done it. It was one of the greatest feelings in the world because of the work we put into the offseason – especially with all the hard practices. All the seniors put a lot of work in the last four years to get Southeast back on top, so it was great."

The Knights were coached by first year head coach Ryan Gottula, expectations will be high in the future.

"I think he's just happy he won it and not too worried about expectations down the road," said Cotton laughing. "He's got a lot of guys coming back next year – guys like Najee Jackson, Devin Washington, and Trey Foster...I don't think the expectations get any lower."

Cotton, who plays tight end and defensive end, caught a 34 yard screen pass for a touchdown in the second quarter to put the Knights up 14-9 in his final senior game. It will be a moment he will remember the rest of his life.

Josh Harvey has covered college football and recruiting for Fox Sports & Scout.com since 2008. He is now the Publisher of Big Red Report, covering Nebraska athletics.
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