Beginning a new football season will keep Chase Cota in place.
Cota, a sophomore receiver from Medford, Ore., spent a lot of the offseason on the move. He camped at Oregon State and Washington. Alabama, Notre Dame, Oregon, USC and UCLA all hosted for unofficial visits.
“The summer was really fun going around and going to a bunch of camps,” Cota said. “Meeting a bunch of national recruits, that was pretty cool. But now it’s pretty fun now that it’s all settled down that I’m back with my team.”
All that travel netted Cota his first offer. Oregon State pulled the trigger, in an interesting turn of events. Cota is the son of former Oregon safety Chad Cota, who went on to an eight-year NFL career with four different franchises.
Cota visited Oregon over the summer for camp, but couldn’t participate because of an injury.
He has another connection to the program in four-star senior safety Brady Breeze, a Ducks commitment. Cota has yet to see interest from Oregon pick up in a significant way.
“It’s been pretty much letters in the mail,” Cota said. “When I was at their camp the recruiting coordinator said I can go to any games I want for free this year. But I haven’t met the receivers coach or anything like that yet.”
While most interest is coming from Pac-12 programs, Cota visited a couple of his favorite programs outside the region over the summer.
Alabama and Notre Dame drew the 6-foot-3, 185-pound prospect to campus for different reasons.
“Alabama is just because they’re the top in the nation,” Cota said. “They’re always up there for the national championship. They have a lot of guys that are really good to go through there. Notre Dame is for academics and all the tradition they’ve had over the years.”
Notre Dame matched up with expectations after Cota did some preliminary research.
“I kinda watched a couple videos about Notre Dame football and stuff,” he said. “They’ve had a TV show. I learned about their history online and then when I went to campus and checked it out.”
Cota hopes some of these other programs jump in with scholarship offers down the line and wants to put his best foot forward this season with South Medford High.
Showing coaches progress on film is the next step in recruiting.
“I think I’ve improved a lot,” Cota said. “I don’t know. I have a few goals, like all-conference. I want to get all-state, but we’ll see. And just that I can play against the other Division I players in the state that we’ll go against. I should be able to go with anybody in the state.”