Cotton Updates Recruitment

Running blazing speed during track season, Papillion (NE) La Vista senior defensive back Kenzo Cotton has picked up a new offer and continues to build his relationship with the Wisconsin coaching staff.

Focusing on sports other than football might hurt some athletes during college football's spring evaluation period, but not many people run track the way Papillion (NE) La Vista senior Kenzo Cotton does.

"The spring was pretty big because that's when most of the schools, except Kansas State and Nebraska, started really talking to me," Cotton told Badger Nation. "I think my track impacted my offers because of the speed that I bring to the table."

Holding only an offer from Kansas State in late March before track season really got into full swing, Cotton picked up his second offer from Wisconsin in late May, just days after he won the state's 100-meter dash with a time of 10.41 and breaking the state record in the 200 meter with a 21.31.

Being recruited by offensive line coach T.J. Woods and defensive coordinator Dave Aranda, Cotton has been slowly learning more about Wisconsin since the Badgers offered, including how a commitment from him could improve the Badgers' team speed.

Just as important to Cotton, the Wisconsin football coaches told him he could run track for the Badgers, one of his tentative goals in college.

"Things have been going pretty well with them," said Cotton of Wisconsin. "I really like them. We talk a little about football and they said that running track wouldn't be a problem. I think being a two-sport athlete would be cool. It would be hard, but it would be fun."

Playing primarily as a safety for his high school, Cotton said Wisconsin, and most other schools, are looking at him as a cornerback, a switch, he says, would be a welcomed change.

"I think safety would be a little harder because you don't need to know as much at cornerback defensively," said Cotton. "You just need to know coverage and calls. At safety you need to know what everyone is doing and be the leader out on defense."

Cotton has added an offer from Ohio this summer and spent a weekend camping at Oregon. He also has been hearing from UCLA, who plans to watch him play in person during the fall.

"Since I only have three offers, I really don't have a front runner right now," said Cotton.

Cotton plans to take official visits to Kansas State and Wisconsin before making his final decision. While hoping for more scholarship interest, Cotton isn't complaining about the two BCS offers he has.

"Those are two quality teams," said Cotton. "I rather have those two schools than a bunch of smaller schools offering me. I would like more options by December when I make my decision, but I am pretty happy."


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