Cotton previews Oregon State visit

The recruiting process is starting to wind down for Trajon Cotton but there is at least one more program that he wants to check out before making his final decision and this weekend he’ll get that opportunity.

Oregon State has emerged in the last month and a half as a serious contender for Cotton’s commitment. Having already taken official visits to Colorado, Oregon and Nebraska, this weekend he’ll check out what the Beavers have to offer. BeaverBlitz caught up with him to get his thoughts on what he’d like to see and how he envisions his recruitment playing out over the next three weeks as signing day approaches.

“I’m really excited to see everything OSU has to offer. I’m taking them really seriously right now. I want to see their facilities, the atmosphere around campus, and how their academic support system works,” the three star safety told BeaverBlitz. “I’m hoping to take in as much as I can because I’ve never been there before.”

The renewed interest from Cotton in the Beavers can be linked to two different events. First off, it was how the Beavers closed out their season. With big wins over Arizona and a program-shifting win over rival Oregon, caught many recruits attention including the Sacramento native. 

Secondly, having close friends Isaiah Hodgins, Aidan Willard and Jeffrey Manning committed to the Beavs, opened his eyes to the possibility of him playing there as well; especially Hodgins.

“Isaiah’s been recruiting me there ever since he committed in November, but there’s a bunch of other guys that I know there too. I know Aidan Willard, Jeffrey Manning, all the guys down there (at Cathedral), all them guys have been on me and recruiting me to go there.”

It wasn’t just fellow recruits that have been on Cotton about the benefits of being a Beaver; the coaching staff has established a solid relationship with Trajon as well. While Isaiah might have laid the foundation with Cotton in regards to the Beavers, Coach Baldwin, Coach Hall and Coach Andersen have built upon it, laying out a solid pitch as to why he should become a Beaver. The staff has arguably made Cotton their most sought after recruit as signing day approaches.

“Coach Hall has been recruiting me really hard also, and Coach Andersen just called me yesterday. We had a great conversation. I can tell that they not only really want me but they need me. Coach Andersen was telling me about how he'll talk care of me up there if I were to go there, he’s making a promise to my parents in that he’ll mold me into a great man. He really stressed how much they need me up there as they are changing their program around. I can see that in the hire they just made of their new safeties coach, who came from the NFL, Coach Rushing. They are on the rise, heading in the right direction and Coach Andersen told me that I was that missing piece on defense that they need.  

With his upcoming visit this weekend, Trajon will still have one remaining official visit to take however he is unsure of how his recruitment will play out after getting home. A couple teams are pushing for California’s #2 safety prospect to take another visit but he is contemplating shutting things down following his trip to OSU and making his final decision. 

“I’m still kind of figuring out what I’m going to do. Illinois and Wyoming both really want me to take my last visit there, but I really don’t know what I want to do. I might just take this visit and then shut down and make that commitment next weekend.”

Stay tuned Beaver fans, as it could end up being another exciting weekend in Corvallis. Stick with BeaverBlitz for the best and most accurate recruiting information available as Signing Day 2017 approaches. 

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