Juco WR Gets 1st
As of Tuesday afternoon, we can now confirm 10 pending offers and 1 current commit at the wide receiver spot. The latest is from the juco ranks, in Austin Cottrell, a 6'3" 200lb wide-out from Scottsdale Junior College. He's got prototypical size, plenty of speed (4.42), and is now a Texas State target. Offensive Coordinator Mike Schultz paid him a visit recently and until Monday, Cottrell didn't know that the 'Cats were even interested. "Coach Schultz came to my school, he watched my film and said to consider myself offered. It was great to know that all the hard work I'm putting in is paying off, and all the people that doubted you count doubt you anymore," said Cottrell. Austin is originally from the Phoenix area and played locally at Mountain Ridge High School. He went under recruited and decided to enroll at Scottsdale in the hope of getting the chance to play at the division one level. In only one year at the juco ranks, Cottrell admits that his experience has helped him mature as a person and an athlete. While the Bobcats are his first offer on the table, it certainly does not appear it will be his last. Abilene Christian, California, Utah State, New Mexico State, and Boise State are all programs that have been in contact. Texas State is a very new program to Cottrell and he's open to learning more about what the Bobcats have to offer. He's looked into the university on-line and has seen some things that have him interested. One thing is uncertain, and that's what class Austin will be a part of. Being a full qualifier out of high school, he has the option to leave at the end of May and enroll at the school of his choice for the summer and fall as a sophomore. If he chooses to pass on any options to be a late add to a '15 class, then he could always return for the fall and be a mid year signee come December and roll into the '16 class. With Texas State stepping up to the plate with an offer first, it could bode very well for the 'Cats as Austin is leaning towards moving on after he wraps up classes in a few weeks. "Preferably, I would rather leave Scottsdale after this semester. It depends on the scholarship and getting all that done. If it all goes well, I could see myself leaving during May after the semester," said Cottrell. There have been talks about setting up a visit, but nothing is set in stone. Over the next few weeks, we'll be sure to monitor Cottrell's recruitment and see if he's being targeted as a late addition, or for next year's class.
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