With such high regards for North Carolina, why hasn't the 6-foot-3, 170-pounder become the Heels' 15th verbal commitment?
"I'm just sitting back waiting to see what other schools are looking at me," remarked Cottman. "Basically looking for a school where I can definitely get playing time at and where I can have success there and get a good education."
But that may just be the company line at this point. When asked what other schools have a shot, he replied "maybe Louisville," the other school to have offered. Cottman figures to take his official visit to Chapel Hill within the next month or so, at which point he said he could seal the deal with the Tar Heels
With the help of All-American Kade Weston at defensive tackle, Cottman has led Red Bank Catholic to a 1-1 record. In just two games Cottman has caught 12 balls for 236 yards and three touchdowns.
"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 Red Bank head coach Harry 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.