February 1, 2007

Cotton attends Iowa junior day

A few days after receiving an offer from the Hawkeyes, Class of 2008 tight end Ben Cotton was in Iowa City for Iowa's first junior day of the year this past weekend. The 6-foot-6, 200-pound Cotton enjoyed the opportunity to tour the facilities on the Iowa campus.

The last time the junior was in Iowa City was back in September, at which time he was actually cheering for in-state rival Iowa State, as his father, Barney Cotton, was the offensive coordinator for the Cyclones. The tight end, who picked up an offer from ISU last summer, was a Cyclone commit at the time, but everything changed when Dan McCarney and his coaching staff were let go in November, which of course included his father. With his recruiting reopened, Cotton was excited to get the offer from the Hawkeyes in the mail last Tuesday.

This past season was a tough one for Cotton, as he suffered a broken ankle just a week before Ames High School's first football game. After having surgery where doctors inserted a plate and seven screws, the junior quickly recovered and made it back to the field in just six weeks, playing in the final three games. Currently, the tape from those three games, along with sophomore footage, is making the rounds to several major colleges.

Right now, Cotton is in the middle of basketball season at Ames, where the team is currently 11-4 on the season. After basketball, the junior plans to make a few unofficial visits this spring and ultimately make his college decision before his senior season.

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