"When I first started playing football in the sixth grade I played running back but switched to wide receiver as a sophomore," said Cotton, who prefers wide-out. "But then last season I had to play tailback again. Next year the coaches said that I'll be playing slot."
Cotton says he benches 255-pounds, but squats only 275. "I really want to improve my strength, especially my legs," he said.
"I have good speed and I can just go up and get the ball," he said. "I'm really aggressive and have great agility."
Cotton still favors Iowa, but now "solidly" over Iowa State, Wisconsin, Kansas, Purdue, Kansas State and Illinois. Purdue, Kansas State and Illinois haven't offered yet but they are all recruiting him. "I think that Purdue is the closest to offering," Cotton said. "They are still evaluating my tape and said they want to see me at their camp in person.
"My dad (Marshall Cotton) played running back at Iowa and I grew up liking them," he said. "He told me to take my time and make sure to see what else is out there for me. He really likes the coaches at Iowa and says that it was a great experience and great place to live."
The Hawkeyes were the first school to offer Cotton last September and are recruiting him the hardest. "I love their weight room and the facilities are great," he said. "I also really like the coaches. I have a great relationship with them. I get something from them like every day."
Iowa is only 45 minutes from his house but Cotton says distance won't be a factor. "I just want to go where I can build a good relationship with all the people."
In-state rivals Iowa State are about two and half hours from Cotton's house and he says he was impressed by the Cyclones. "I really like their facilities too," he said. "I like how they are up-and-coming and practice very hard. They just built a new indoor practice field, which is one of the best in the country.
"Plus, next fall they are going to start adding to the stadium and turn it into a bowl," Cotton said. "If I went there it would be a whole different stadium by my freshman year."
The Hawkeyes and Cyclones are the only two schools that Cotton has already visited, but he is planning on attending camps at Wisconsin and Kansas this summer. "Wisconsin is always a top team and they are very competitive," he said. "The coaches are good and I've heard it's a great football atmosphere.
"Kansas had a very successful season last year," he said. "I just want to go and see what it's like over there. They still have a lot of the same guys coming back, so I see them being in the hunt for a national championship again."
Cotton, Scout.com's No. 100 wide receiver, said he doesn't have a timetable for making a decision. "I want to play as early as I can," he said. "I want to play for a school with good academics too. But the most important thing will be my relationship with all the coaches and players. I want to see how summer goes and see who else offers before I make a decision."
He is also being recruited for track and runs the 100m (10.55), 200m (21.90) and the 400m (49.70). "Iowa has talked with me about running track too, but I'll probably only do football," he said.
Cotton reports a 2.7 core GPA and a 19 ACT.