Cottam visits Ole Miss for Junior Day
The following information was revealed during our interview with Jeff Cottam:
What is your current height, weight, and forty time? "I am 6' 7 1/2", about 250, and I run a 4.7 forty."
Which position are you being recruited to play on the next level? "Tight end."
What are your strengths on the field? "I guess blocking and finding open gaps to make the catch."
What are you trying to work on to take your game to the next level? "I need to try and get bigger, stronger, and faster. I guess."
How long have you been starting for Germantown? "This was my first year to start. I transferred from ECS, you know where my brother (Brad Cottam) played, so I was not eligible to play varsity ball that year (10th grade). I did play junior varsity though."
How did Germantown fare last season? "We won state. We were like 14 - 1, so I guess we did pretty good (laugh)."
Personally, how did your season go? "Well, I guess at Germantown, I am more like a blocking tight end because we run the wishbone. I had like 14 catches for 166 yards and 4 TD's."
Were you aware of Germantown's offensive philosophy before you transferred? "Yea, I knew about it, but as long as we are winning. I am happy. I think I will get the ball more next year because our backfield is not as good."
Did you garner any awards for your play? "Yes sir, I was named All-Metro and Region."
Which schools are currently showing you the most interest? "I have already received scholarship offers from Tennessee, Ole Miss, and Alabama. All of the SEC schools send me a lot of mail. I also get some from schools like Notre Dame, Louisville, Michigan. I do not know, they come from everywhere, pretty much."
Which schools have caught your early interest? "I guess Tennessee because my brother goes there. I like Ole Miss too. Georgia, LSU, and Texas are some others that I am considering. But, I am really open right now. I do not have my mind set on any one school yet."
What stands out about Tennessee? "I like their giant stadium. I guess it would be cool to be on my brother's team again. I do not know, I kind of like how wild their fans are."
Does the fact that you would be competing against your brother for playing time at Tennessee concern you? "Yea, that is one of the reasons I would consider not going there. I would not play for 2 years, unless we ran a double tight end set. Plus, I do not want to take away from my brother's abilty to develop and he probably feels the same way."
Have you had a chance to attend any Junior Days this Spring? "I went to the one at Ole Miss. It is close to home. It is pretty nice down there. I like their tight end coach a lot. Coach Luke, he is a pretty cool guy."
What new did you learn about Ole Miss during your trip? "I knew pretty much everything from their camp. I went to their football camp last summer, so I learned everything about them then. I did see their new turf, and I did not know that they were going to have their new indoor facility finished so soon."
What stands out about Ole Miss? "I like it because it is close to home. They have a pretty good football team. They send a lot of TE's to the pros, so that is good."
You said that you went to Ole Miss' camp last summer; where else did you attend? "That was the only one I went to."
Where are you going this summer? "I am going to the Nike camp in Atlanta. I will probably go to Ole Miss and Tennessee, their Senior Camps. Maybe Georgia, LSU, and Texas. I will probably change that and add some more. Those are the ones I want to do right now, but I change my mind a lot (laugh)."
What attracts you to Georgia? "I do not really know much about Georgia. I do not know. I just want to take a trip there and check it out."
And LSU? "Same as Georgia. Just interested in them. I think their national championship kind of sparked an interest for me."
Who was the first school to offer you? "Tennessee."
When did they offer? "About a month and half ago."
What will you be looking for when it comes decision time? "I am looking at how good they are. I heard some talk about me moving down to offensive tackle. I want to make sure I do not sign with a school that wants me on the line. I just like playing tight end. I guess the city they are in and how close they are from home. Just how good their team is going to be, I guess."
Jeff carries a 3.0 GPA and takes the ACT test for the first time in May.