May 18, 2007

Cotton has the Cards in his top three

Ben Cotton, a 6-foot-6, 217-pound tight end from Ames H.S. in Ames, Iowa, picked up a scholarship offer from the University of Louisville a couple of weeks ago, and the Cardinals quickly moved up the player's list.

The prospect is enjoying the attention he has received so far. "I like the fact that I've got the opportunity to find a place to play Division I football," Cotton told earlier this week. "I've grown up dreaming about it."

While he seemed set to go to Iowa State just more than a year ago, a coaching change with the Cyclones led to his reopening his recruitment, and now he has several schools vying for his signature. One of those schools is U of L.

"Coach (Tony) Alford has been the one recruiting me the most," Cotton said of the Cardinals. "He was a coach up here with my dad and as soon as he got down there, he got right at it, and I've been hearing from him consisistly since. Two weeks ago the offer happened. I talked to Coach Alford, Coach (Greg) Nord, and Coach (Steve) Kragthorpe all in the same day, and then the offer came in the mail the next day."

Alford and Cotton's father have a good relationship since the two of them were at Iowa State together as coaches. The player said he hopes to make it down to Louisville for a camp later this summer so he can gain the information he needs to make a decision before the start of his senior season.

When asked about his top schools, Cotton quickly named Wisconsin, Louisville, and Iowa. "Kansas and Iowa State have offered me, too, but I'm not as interested in them as the other three," he added.

"I'd like to play for a big school that competes for a National Championship," Cotton said when asked what he was looking for in a school. "Location is not a big deal. My dad is taking this year off and then he's giong to take another job, so he could try to be anywhere that I go, really."

Cotton said he is hoping to get up to 225 pounds during his senior season while maintaining his speed. His last official forty that he ran was a 4.8.

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