No Change for Cothron

A few weeks ago Luke Cothron thought he would be playing his senior year up north, but he has decided to remain at Red Springs (NC) Flora MacDonald Academy after evaluating his options.

A few weeks ago Luke Cothron thought he would be playing his senior year up north, but he has decided to remain at Red Springs (NC) Flora MacDonald Academy after evaluating his options.

"I think I made the best decision for me by coming back to Flora MacDonald," Cothron told Pack Pride. "It's best for me academically. I also think we're going to have a good team this year so I'm excited about it."

The 6-foot-9, 220-pounder had a stellar junior season, leading his team to a 22-10 record and a spot in the state playoffs. The team has added a close friend of Cothron's and he feels like the new acquisition could put Flora MacDonald in a position to win the state title.

"That's our goal," said Cothron. "We're trying to win states. We'll have a good team, I do know that.

"My brother, Derrick Martin, he's playing with us this year. Well, he's not my real brother, just my cousin, but we're that close. He's 6'9 and 225 pounds, and he's going to help us inside. He's from Alabama like me, but we didn't play AAU together because he played with the Alabama Challenge."

Cothron is rated a four-star prospect and the No. 57 player in the 2010 class by Scout.com, and he is a valued commodity. Claiming offers from programs such as UCONN, Alabama, Oklahoma State, Washington State, NC state, and Arkansas among others, Cothron isn't tipping his hand.

"No favorites and no timetable," he stated when asked about his recruitment. "I'm considering everybody. I'm not even trying to make a decision until the spring. That's when I'm going to sign so I won't do anything until then."

Cothron's decision to remain at Flora MacDonald can only help NC State's chances. NC State is a short drive from the Red Springs (NC) school and Cothron has been able to take numerous unofficial visits. In fact, on Saturday he attended NC State's football game against Murray State with Martin.

"That visit was good," said Cothron. "What stuck out to me was the crowd... the fans. They had a strong atmosphere, and that really stood out to me."

The Wolfpack followed that visit by tripping to Flora MacDonald on Monday to watch Cothron and Martin work out. NC State head coach Sidney Lowe was in attendance, and Cothron indicated that while he is in no rush to make a decision the Wolfpack remains in the mix.

"I'm definitely still looking at NC State," he stated. "They were just here [on Monday]. I'll keep looking at them and everything, but like I said earlier I don't have any favorites or timetable."


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