Cotton set to be a Husker

The Nebraska staff is on a roll. The Nebraska staff picked up three commitments this weekend from official visitors and today picked a commitment on a new offer. The new offer went out to a pretty familiar name. Jake Cotton, a 6-foot-7 and 247-pound defensive lineman from Lincoln (Nebr.) Southeast, has verbally accepted an offer as part of the 2010 class.

Jake Cotton is #15 for the Nebraska class of 2010. The 6-foot-7 and 247-pound standout from Lincoln (Nebr.) Southeast picked up a Nebraska offer and immediately accepted.

"Yes he did (commit)," Coach John Larsen said. "Jake was a defensive tackle and offensive tackle for me this year. I think that he projects to defense in college."

Coach Larsen commented on Cotton's size and speed when he was a little lighter and played another position. "He's around 6-foot-7 and 250-pounds now. When he was a tight end and weighed about 30 pounds less he ran a 4.75."

Cotton seems to have to tools to be successful on the defensive side of the ball in college according to Coach Larsen. Cotton has the intangibles and has the frame to continue to grow.

"He's very motivated. He has the perfect mentality to be a defensive player. He's aggressive. His motor is non-stop. He's going to continue to get bigger.

"Putting on 30 pounds or so from last year to this year, going into college between 240 to 250, I think that he gets up to around 290 to 300 in college."

As a defensive tackle for Coach Larsen at Southeast, Cotton was asked to really plug up the middle. But, that wasn't all that Cotton was good at. Being in the middle caused some problems for the opposing team's passing games as well.

"His number one job for us was to plug up the middle. With his size and his strength he does a great job of that. With his wing span he can take up two different gaps.

"A guy like that at tackle really makes it tough to run inside. Plus, he's great at rushing the passer. Because he's so tall, he's so tough to throw across the middle because his hands are always up. He deflected numerous passes this season."

With father Barney already at Nebraska as a coach, and former player, as well as Ben who is a tight end at Nebraska it seems that the last name of Cotton will be around for many more years. Especially since there is still another coming up through the high school ranks. "He's got a little brother, Sam Cotton, who is a sophomore right now and he's going to be really good too."

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