Change of plans

You could kind of see this coming, but when Barney Cotton accepted a position on the Nebraska staff it might have seemed like a matter of time before his son, Ben Cotton, was going to end up a Nebraska commitment. Last night, Ben Cotton got his chance to following dad to Lincoln and that is exactly what he is planning on doing.

Ben Cotton got his chance last night to follow in his dad's footsteps and become a Husker. What makes the story all the better is that Ben's father, Barney, has also accepted a spot under Bo Pelini as an assistant coach.

Ben, a former commitment to Louisville, got the offer from Nebraska last night. After that, the 6-foot-6 and 210-pound Cotton who is a four-star rated tight end, decommitted from Louisville and committed to Nebraska.

"Yeah, I did get the offer last night," Cotton said. "Coach Bo Pelini called me last night about 8:30. It's amazing to get the chance to play at the same school my father did and to play for my dad again."

"It's because of those things that it didn't take me long to make my decision to decommit from Louisville and to become a Husker. I am already in as a commitment to Nebraska."

While there is the joy of being able to follow in the footsteps and also play under his father, the fact of the matter is that one school is out in the cold a bit. Cotton said that Louisville was understanding about the entire situation.

"Obviously there were the rumors about Pelini coming back to Lincoln and then my dad being rumored to possibly getting offered a job were in the back of my head the whole time. I had been thinking about this for a while about what might happen."

"I knew that with Louisville that I had a very good school with a great group of coaches that were awesome. I knew that I couldn't go wrong with them. They were very understanding about my situation and said that family came first and that this opportunity comes once in a lifetime."

While the story's major tone here might be son following father, the undertone here might be that Nebraska is in need of tight ends. Cotton can address that as he is a complete tight end that can block as well as he can catch.

"Tight end is all about blocking and receiving. You have to like to do both. I know that I need to get stronger and continue to gain weight and that is one of my biggest goals this off season."

Cotton runs track every year to try and continue to work on his speed. To help with the weight gain, he knows that will take time in the weight room and time at the training table to put on the pounds that will help him in college.

Cotton is the second legacy Husker commitment in two days. Two days ago, Micah Kreikemeier committed to Nebraska whose father played offensive line from 1981-1985. Cotton's father lettered at Nebraska from 1976-1978 also as an offensive lineman.


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