Cotton's set on Southern Miss

South Recruiting Analyst
Posted Aug 19, 2009

It was a pretty easy decision for Jacorious Cotton when it came down to it. He had eight offers to choose from, but Southern Miss made it easy on him telling him he was their choice at safety.

"I am going to be the only safety they sign in this class, so I am excited about that," said Jacorius Cotton. "They told me I was there guy, so I went ahead and committed to them."

"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."

Southern Miss beat out schools like UCF, Troy, Louisville, Kentucky, South Florida, East Carolina, and Western Kentucky for Cotton.

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

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