And while the interest in the 6-foot-2, 222-pound Cottom could intensify after his performance, those programs will be up against a leader.
"Rutgers is my favorite, so far,'' Cottom. "I haven't been able to get out and see all the schools, but I'm going to Duke later this month. I'm going for a spring practice.''
However, when asked why Rutgers was his leader, he was quick to answer.
"I like the feeling up there,'' said Cottom, who attended Rutgers' junior day. "I like the atmosphere of the school. I like the coaches a lot. I got a chance to sit down with some of the players, meet some of the players. They were real friendly. I could see myself with that type of team.''
The January junior taught Cottom plenty about Rutgers, which is less than an hour from his home.
"I learned a lot about their coach (Greg Schiano),'' Cottom said. "I learned a lot about their academics, and how they have a lot of academic support there. I also learned a lot about their team, and how they stick together. They're very unified.''
Cottom can play linebacker as well, but the Scarlet Knights are recruiting him as a running back, which is his desire.
"I would prefer to play running back,'' he said. "I just like having the ball in my hands. I feel more comfortable on the offensive side of the ball. I feel I'm a better player on the offensive side of the ball, and I could do more for the team with the ball in my hands.''
Cottom rushed for approximately 1,400 yards and 14 touchdowns as a junior, and he believes his size makes him a dual-threat runner.
"It benefits me because I'm a lot harder to tackle than most backs,'' he said. "I'm a lot more powerful, but I have the speed and agility to make people miss.''
Cottom also attended Syracuse's junior day, and gave his impressions of the school.
"It was very nice up there,'' he said. "They have nice facilities. We got to catch the Villanova (basketball) game and saw the student body. They were real nice. It was a nice campus. I like he coaches a lot.''
When Cottom travels to Durham, N.C., for Duke's junior day, it will be his first time to the campus.
"I actually, to be honest, don't know much about Duke,'' Cottom said. "I just know they're a really good academic school.''
Cottom said he plans on committing to a school before the start of his senior season.