Cotton enjoys A&M junior day

Cotton enjoys A&M junior day

With Texas A&M sitting on 25 commitments for the Class of 2009, the coaching staff is already turning their attention to the Class of 2010. On Saturday, the Aggies held its first junior day for the 2010 and welcomed an elite group of prospects preparing for their junior season in high school, including highly touted recruits was Alief Taylor defensive lineman De'Aires Cotton.

With Texas A&M sitting on 25 commitments for the Class of 2009, the coaching staff is already turning their attention to the Class of 2010. On Saturday, the Aggies held its first junior day for the 2010 and welcomed an elite group of prospects preparing for their junior season in high school. One of the most impressive looking and highly touted recruits was Alief Taylor defensive lineman De'Aires Cotton.

"I felt comfortable at A&M. It felt like home," Cotton said. "The coaches seemed straight-forward and honest, and the players said they were fair and looked after their best interest. Oh, I really liked the weight room. Working out in that place, I'd never get tired."

The 6-foot-4, 275-pound lineman benches 295 pounds and runs a 5.0 forty. Due to his size and athleticism at such a young age, he has shown up on several early 2010 national recruiting lists and some observers project him to be the top junior interior defensive lineman in the state. Cotton discussed his strengths on the field.

"I'm aggressive and I try to take the action to my opponent," Cotton said. "I also like to use a lot of different moves to keep the offensive linemen guessing. I love using the swim move. It's probably my best rush move."

The trip to College Station marked Cotton's second visit to a college campus. He previously attended a junior day and a camp at the University of Texas in Austin. Now that the Houston area product has experienced the stark contrast of settings between the two in-state rivals, does he prefer the atmosphere of one campus over the other?

"I like them both about the same," Cotton said. "I'm fine being in a bigger city or in a college town. With Texas, it's about the coaches. Coach Giles showed me a lot of love when I came up there. The staff is very involved with the players and watching after them."

As with most 2010 prospects, Cotton isn't close to narrowing down his list of favorite schools. He's just starting to learn about all the schools that will be recruiting him starting September 1 when they can formally extend written offers. He's originally from Michigan and moved to Texas about 10 years ago, so he's interested in the Wolverines and other Big 10 schools along with Big 12 teams like Texas A&M, Texas, Nebraska, and OU along with west coast powers USC and UCLA.

Cotton mentioned a close relationship with former Alief Taylor and Texas A&M standout Martellus Bennett. The two speak on a regular basis and he looks up to the current Dallas Cowboy tight end.

"He calls me all the time, and we work out together when he's in town," Cotton said. "He loves Texas A&M. He said he was treated well there, not just in football but all over campus. They support the players academically and see that they are on the right track and doing the right things."

For now, recruiting will fall to the backburner as the 2009 high school season approaches. The Houston area native is excited about the upcoming season and the prospect of a successful 2009 campaign.

"I think we're going to be pretty good. We'll have sticky defense," Cotton said. "We're going to dominate on the defensive line. Besides me, we have two seniors on the line that have D-1 offers and we're going to work hard every week to shut down the line of scrimmage. I'm looking forward to it."

And you can bet college coaches and recruiting experts will be in attendance this fall looking forward to seeing that dominance by Cotton and his teammates as well.



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