July 9, 2013

3-star ATH wants to visit MSU

A few weeks ago Micquell Cotton of O'Fallon High School in Illinois was planning on making his college choice. He decided to hold off in order to visit a few more schools, one of which is Michigan State University. SpartanMag.com caught up with Cotton and has the latest on his recruitment.

Cotton talked with SpartanMag.com about slowing the process down a bit and what he is looking for.

"I think the most important thing about choosing a school is fitting in," Cotton stated. "I'd like to be somewhere where I feel like family. I think that after I visit to Michigan State, they will be one of my top schools. I hope to set up a visit there sometime soon so I can check things out. I still plan on making a decision before my season starts."

As far as the schools he is considering, Cotton talked about his scholarships and his contact with Michigan State.

"I have offers from Indiana, Iowa State, Michigan State and Syracuse," he said. "My recruiting coach from Michigan State is Terrence Samuel, he is who I have spoken with."

Cotton is listed as an Athlete recruit in the database and if you watch his highlight film he lines up all over the field on defense. We asked him ability his current size and what positions the Spartans see him projecting at the next level.

"I am 5-foot-10 and 180-pounds. They are recruiting me as a defensive back."

Cotton style of play has been compared to former Iowa standout Bob Sanders, due to his size and physical nature. Last fall Cotton recorded 56 tackles and 11 sacks for O'Fallon High School as the team went 9-3 and won the conference championship.

Some may question the size of Cotton when it comes to the safety position, but it was not long ago that the Spartans signed an undersized recruit by the name of Trenton Robinson as a defensive back. Coming out of high school, the 5-foot-10, 178-pound Robinson was known mainly for his running back ability. He came to Michigan State and left not only as a All-Big Ten safety, but as a player known for his aggressive style of play.

SpartanMag.com will be sure to keep in contact with Cotton in the coming weeks. He has a Michigan State scholarship, but in order to be able to commit to a team that is know as having one of the best defenses in the nation, he will surely have to visit East Lansing and spend time with Head Coach Mark Dantonio. Coach Dantonio is extremely selective when it comes to defensive backs due to his background as a former player and position coach.

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