After a junior season in which he says he made 104 tackles, 30 of which went for loss, Cotton says he has five offers and a clear number one.
"Duke, Wake Forest, East Carolina, Maryland, and North Carolina have offered," says the 6-foot-4, 215 pounder. "I talked to the Michigan State coach, and he says they will offer. North Carolina State is my number one even though they have not offered.
"I like their recruiting coordinator, and I grew up a Wolfpack fan as well."
While awaiting the offer from his favorite, Cotton does plan to commit early.
"I will commit this year during football season, so before December."