Doug Zeigler is expected to be the tenth tight end from Ole Miss to take his game to the National Football League at the completion of his senior year after the 2002 season. Names such as Tyji Armstrong, Rufus French, Kris Mangum, and Wesley Walls are familiar to Southeastern Conference football fans after playing their college football for the Rebels. Zeigler's departure means the Ole Miss staff must find a future tight end on the recruiting trail and Brad Cottam could be their man.
Cottam plays his prep football at Evangelical Christian Academy in Cordova, Tennessee. Last year, he caught 15 passes for 201 yards and three touchdowns. While his statistics are not the gaudy numbers posted by some skill players, Cottam's performance at the Nike Camp in Athens, Georgia went a long way toward proving his potential. Cottam measured 6-foot-7 and weighed 227 pounds while still clocking a 4.75 in the 40-yard dash. Additionally, Cottam posted an impressive 30-inch vertical leap. Cottam also attended camps at Ole Miss and Tennessee, which further increased his stock.
"I camped at Ole Miss and had a pretty good camp," said Cottam. "They're recruiting me pretty hard. I camped at Tennessee, too. They weren't recruiting me before the camp but now they are sending me letters."
Other schools on Cottam's list are Arkansas, Florida, Auburn, and Memphis. He also competes in basketball and expects to see some time at defensive end as a senior. Evangelical Christian Academy begins their season in the Liberty Bowl against East High School from Memphis.