"Before I got my score back they called and said they gave it to someone else," Cotton said.
Now, with the Wildcats out of the picture, Cotton has reopened his recruiting process and has begun searching for other options.
"Right now I'm at Eastern Michigan and I'm on an official visit and I really like it here," he said.
Along with Eastern Michigan, Cotton has a handful of BCS conference teams, including four Big Ten teams, that have shown interest.
Purdue, Indiana, Michigan State, and Minnesota have been in contact with cotton, along with West Virginia, which just recently has shown interest. Minnesota had originally offered Cotton a scholarship, but pulled it after he committed to Northwestern.
Having just re-opened his recruitment, Cotton expects many developments to happen late in the recruiting process.
"I don't have any other visits set up right now," he said. " Most schools will probably offer the week of [National Signing Day] or two weeks before."
Cotton plans to announce his decision on signing day, February 2nd.
And with just two-and-a-half weeks to go until he makes his choice, Cotton's future is still an unknown. The only certainty; he won't be headed to Evanston come next fall.