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The O'Fallon (IL) High ATH has been offered by the Spartans per his coach Brandon Joggerst.
This post was edited by Sean Scherer 14 months ago
National Recruiting Analyst
The Spartans got the ball rolling for hard-hitting OFallon (Ill.) High safety prospect Micquell Cotton on Monday.
I liked Cotton's tape.
Not to mention the fact that he recorded 11 sacks last year. For any safety to hit double digit sacks is not only impressive, but dominant. Sign him up.
Burton doing work.
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Loved the film but his height is an issue. At 5'9" he'll be dropping back into coverage more often than not as opposed to laying wood. We didn't see any footwork or cover skills at all in that film. Add 3" and 30 lbs to those QB's and RB's and maybe the film doesn't look so dominant. However, the coaches have probably seen way more film than that and know what they are getting.
Trenton Robinson Part II? Robinson played at 5'9 190ish. If the kid's fast enough, then the height won't make a huge difference. Could also be a return prospect; Robinson had a couple of nice ones in 2009, IIRC.
Michigan State does not and will not run the 3-4 defense.
Micquell Cotton's skill set is very similar to former Iowa and Colts' S Bob Sanders and he is a little taller than Sanders. Don't see Cotton's height as being a detriment.
Plays OLB in high school and is sent blitzing a lot. He is very gifted athletically. His speed and quickness are superior to high school offensive linemen (not to mention pretty much every other player on the field by a long shot) that tend to struggle with pass-pro technique at that age, so his 11 sack number isn't surprising. I think some caution also needs to be taken when moving kids back in the defense. It tends to be easier to move players from safety to LB, for instance, than back into coverage. Question marks about Cotton playing in space, seeing the field, and coverage.
At his size and height it will likely take him a few years to see the field at any major school, and probably even a couple to make it on special teams outside of potentially returning the ball himself (similar athlete as Dennis Norfleet from Michigan). He needs to bulk up, especially with the mentality he plays with. He flings his body around and isn't afraid to tackle or hit somebody. He does tend to leave his feet though, and his size and leg drive tend to result in him getting pushed back when tackling, even at the high school level.
He has the athletic tools to play at either safety spot at the B1G level, but will need a lot of refinement once he hits a campus. Needs to work on wrapping up after initial contact, needs to bring his legs more when he tackles, needs to learn coverage responsibilities, and needs to get bigger.
A move back to safety is a must - where he won't have to stick a player in the hole or see over tall linemen in a limited space - but can use his athletic ability to make plays on the ball and in the open field. His height is a concern at free safety, where his athletic ability would be better displayed, and size at strong safety would be a question mark. I think SS is his ultimate position, as he is a willing tackler and would be quick to get down into run support, you just have to accept the fact that most RBs will fall forward and he will struggle covering taller slots and TEs (will need LBs help). At FS he would need more time to get acclimated to playing in space and understanding his role within the defense.
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Kind of reminds me of Antonio Allen from last year.
Another Illinois-based safety, O'Fallon (Ill.) High School's Micquell Cotton, told Scout this week that he has a top three of Michigan State, Syracuse and Indiana. He hopes to visit each of those programs along with Iowa State before making a decision sometime this month.
From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130531/OPINION03/305310302#ixzz2UsEPoEEk
From Cotton's timeline..
5/22/2013: Ron Burton from Michigan State Spartans visits Micquell Cotton
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