Mike Leach offers a gem from The Gem State

MIKE LEACH HAS OFFERED an intriguing prospect out of the state of Idaho. The WSU area recruiter is Jeff Choate, whose stock as a recruiter soared in recent days. Choate, you see, recruited five guys for Boise State that got picked in the NFL Draft -- two were first-rounders. Two were from Idaho. Which leads us back to the Idahoan with the crimson offer. Is he a BUCK, or is he an Andrei Lintz-type?

Nampa's Eric Cotton has been offered by Washington State. He checks in at 6-5, 235 pounds and plays TE, Slot Receiver, DE/DL for Columbia High.

Last season as a junior, he caught 33 passes for 690 yards with 7 TDs. And on tape, he looks a bit like senior Andrei Lintz did this spring for the Cougs.

Click here for Cotton's junior highlight reels

SO WOULD slot receiver be the best position for Cotton in the Air Raid?

"They are recruiting me as a slot receiver," said Cotton. "But if I put on weight, I could also play linebacker or d-end, kind of (their BUCK) position... it doesn't matter to me what I play in college, I'll play whatever helps the team. I love both sides of ball."

Cotton, an exceptional student who maintains a 4.0 GPA, holds offers from WSU, Harvard and Yale. Missouri, BYU, Boise State and Utah are among those who have stepped up their recruitment of him in recent weeks.

"Washington State said they liked my size, as well as my explosiveness, power and my ability to be quick, (that I'm) able to shake off smaller corners and also run through the linebackers...they also like that I'm a 4.0 student and that I'm in school to get good grades," said Cotton.

Cotton also said he and Choate have established a solid bond.

"I clicked right away with him," said Cotton.

COTTON HAS NOT been to WSU since Leach took over, (he unofficially visited Wazzu for a game last season). He plans on visiting WSU in late June and taking part in a WSU one-day camp.

He said he'll be visiting as many schools and camps as he can around that time. Part of that itinerary will include the Ivy League schools.

"Utah wants me to come down and visit them. And I'll definitely go to the East Coast and see some schools. Football-wise, the Ivy League schools have let me know they're very competitive in football….that they play just as good of football as anyone else, it's just that they play in Ivy League," said Cotton.

Cotton stars in both the classroom and out on the field. And in the locker room.

"What I don't take, I don't take a lot of the credit for what's happening with me in the recruiting process. All the credit needs to go to my teammates, to my quarterback, to my coaches. They're the ones who have really helped me to get here," said Cotton.

Eric Cotton profile

  • Boise State had six players taken in the NFL Draft that began this past Thursday. Choate recruited five of the six for Boise State, including both first rounders; Shea McClellin and Doug Martin. McClellin is from Idaho, as was seventh round choice Nate Potter. The other BSU players taken in the NFL Draft were Tyrone Crawford (3), George Iloka (5) and Billy Winn (6).

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