"Junior year of high school I had offers, but my yenior year tore my ACL in the fifth game of season," Cotton told JCFootball.com recently. "I didn't sign on Signing Day, so I went D-2.
"The school I played at in Georgia is a hotbed of NFL talent but I didn't feel comfortable there, so I left for a Cali JUCO and I had a high school teammate named Isaiah Riddle come out and play there so I emailed the coach at VV and 15 minutes later he called me back
"I figured it would be a good move because he was a good coach. He had a good track record of moving players to four-year schools and going 10-0 this year was good."
While playing mostly linebacker for Victor Valley last fall, Cotton totaled 20 tackles three tackles-for-loss and a sack.
"I came to play there as safety but moved to linebacker because the defensive back asked me to play linebacker because of my speed," Cotton noted.
On the recruiting front, Cotton has been talking to several schools and he even had some offers he was considering, however, some coaching changes took those options away.
"I've talked to Eastern Kentucky, Jacksonville State and San Diego," Cotton said. "I had offers to Henderson State and McKendree until the linebackers coach left. Grenville State came out to visit me December and Pace was recruiting me pretty hard too."
Cotton has already returned home to Georgia with his two-year degree and he's hoping to find a place to play this fall. Wherever he winds up, Cotton will have two years to play two starting this fall.