"I have visited there twice and I like it a lot down there. I just got that feeling when I was there visiting and I knew it was where I wanted to go."
A few of those schools wanted the 5-foot-11, 193 pound athlete as a running back, but he will be playing in the secondary for the Golden Eagles.
"It did not really matter where I played in college," said the athlete out of Lagrange (GA) Troup County. "I will play where I can help the team, but I really like it at safety."
"I started at safety about midway through the 2008 season when our starter went down with an injury. I ended up with 49 tackles, an interception, and a forced fumble. I think I am a hard hitter and I can cover pretty good too."
Since committing to Southern Miss, Cotton has been in touch with the coaches quite often. He is building that relationship because he knows that is where he will be going to college this time next year.
"I probably talk to a coach from there about every other day now. I really get along with the coaches and I like them a lot."
"I am excited about going there and I am Southern Miss all the way."
Cotton is carrying a 3.2 GPA and he is going to take the ACT soon.
Chad Simmons is the Recruiting Analyst for the South Region and he can be reached at ChadSimmons@Scout.com.