Heels were first to offer Cottman

The wait might have seemed like an eternity, but in a matter of two days Red Bank (N.J.) wide receiver Rahmir Cottman went from offerless to holding two Division I-A offers. And it all started with North Carolina, which, as Red Bank head coach Harry Chebookjian believes, has catapulted the Tar Heels ahead of the pack.

"He got [the offer from UNC] in the mail to his house, and he brought me in a copy of it," stated Chebookjian. "He was very excited to get the offer from them. That was his first one and he got that Monday and then Tuesday he got another one [Louisville]. I'm expecting it to start to steamroll for him. But he was very excited that North Carolina was his first one, so I told him don't forget who was your first one. I don't think he will."

One reason for the late timing of his first offer is the lack of attention Cottman has placed on recruiting this offseason. Unlike most of his peers, recruiting has been an afterthought for the 6-foot-3, 157-pounder, who lately has been focusing more on academics and his senior seasons in both football and basketball.

"He didn't go to any camps this summer," Chebookjian said. "No [unofficial] visits neither; he is going to try to take care of that after football season. He is concentrating on his academics and football right now. He is going to worry about who to go see after the season."

Cottman could be the ultimate sleeper if the Tar Heels could pluck him from the Garden State. Coach Chebookjian compares his style strongly to that of Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Randy Moss.

"When you see him in the uniform – he wears the number 84 – he reminds you of a young Randy Moss, he has that kind of ability," remarked Chebookjian. "He is a magnificent basketball player too, he can jump throw the ceiling. He's about 6-3, so he has the long strides, so he looks a lot like him when he runs. Now am I saying he is as good as Randy Moss? No. That's what he looks like, that's the type of player he is for us at the high school level."

Last season, Cottman pulled in 39 catches for about 700 yards and six touchdowns. He also put on a show at the Elite College Combine held in East Rutherford when he recorded a 4.45-second forty-yard dash, and a 4.31-second twenty-yard shuttle time. He also claims a 40-inch vertical leap.

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