Comparison: Drew Sample (UW)
Prep Career/Awards: Played on a Tumwater team that went 47-5 in his four years ... named the Olympian newspaper's are player of the year in 2016 ... also Associated Press 2A state player of the year, Seattle Times all-state and Evergreen Conference 2A MVP in 2016 ... also named to the USA Today all-state team (all levels) and Tacoma News-Tribune all-area team ... caught 39 passes for 733 yards and 13 TDs as a senior, when he also had 107 tackles, 10 tackles for loss and three sacks ... set school records for career receptions (95), receiving yards (1,705) and receiving touchdowns (33) ... also served as the team's long snapper for four seasons ... as a senior, helped the Thunderbirds to a 9-2 record and a berth in the quarterfinals of the 2A state playoffs ... in 2015, Tumwater went 13-1 and advanced to the 2A state championship game ... named to the Associated Press 2A all-state team as a tight end and at linebacker in 2015 ... team went 12-1 his sophomore season, finishing the season in the 2A state semifinals ... played on the varsity as a freshman, when Tumwater went 13-1 and made it to the state championship game ... PrepStar All-West Region ... named a "red-chip recruit" by the Seattle Times ... also named to the Tacoma News-Tribune's Western 100 ... rivals.com's No. 20 tight end in America ... rated the No. 8 prospect in the state and No. 22 tight end in the nation by 247sports.com ... also ESPN's No. 22 tight end ... the No. 47 tight end prospect in the country, according to scout.com ... also played basketball ... played football for his grandfather, Sid Otton, the winningest coach in Washington state high school history.
Offers: Otton had offers from most of the Ivy League as well as Oregon State, Nebraska, Wyoming, Nevada, BYU and Washington among others.
Why Washington: "In the end, it really just came down to the fact that Washington was the school I wanted to go to. Ever since I was a little kid growing up and then once I started playing varsity as a freshman, Washington was where I wanted to go and I said at the beginning of the recruiting process, that I wanted to be part of the Husky program and when they offered (in August), I was so excited about it, it was like a dream come true for me and for my family."
If he had chosen a different school: Nebraska was believed to be Otton's other favorite, but once he chose Washington back in August, he shut down the recruiting process.
Analysis: "We’ve always liked Otton as a tight end and even though there was discussion that linebacker could be his spot in college, we thought his best position was on offense catching the ball. He’s a natural pass catcher with soft hands and runs well while able to get off jams and use his technique to separate from linebackers while using his size to mismatch against defensive backs." - Brandon Huffman
Position Projection: Originally, Otton was being brought in to play linebacker where his natural instincts and physicality came into play, however, the Husky coaches decided to switch things around and he'll be coming in to play tight end once he arrives. He'll likely play the same role that that Drew Sample plays for the Huskies.
2017 Season Projection: With the amount of tight ends on the roster, Otton will likely be able to redshirt and be a scout team player after he enrolls at Washington this summer.