CLEARWATER, Fla. – Now deployed this year on both sides of the ball, junior athlete C.J. Cotman has provided the explosive plays necessary to lift Clearwater Catholic Central to 8-0 on the 2015 season.
“We are undefeated right now and our season is going great,” Cotman told Today’s U. “As a team, we all came together as a brotherhood and we’ve been playing together and beating everybody that comes in our way. We are ready to win a state championship.”
Standing at 5’10” and 170-pounds, Cotman is ranked as the No. 6 all-purpose back in the country by 247Sports.com. As a 4-star prospect on the composite ranking system, Cotman is an electric athlete that is rarely caught from behind. This type of speed translates well to the next level where elite speed is at a premium in many spread offenses.
“I would say that I’m a very speedy, real quick athlete with breakaway speed. I do what is required and whatever coach needs me to do on the football field. That comes with blocking, catching the ball, knowing the plays and being a leader.
“I don’t get the ball that much every game, but when I do get the ball I always make things happen. It’s either a touchdown or a big gain. I can’t complain. On defense, I’ve been playing defense this year too, so defense has been going well.”
So far this year, Cotman has accumulated 14 touchdowns in eight contests. As a coveted prospect, many colleges have taken notice and the 4-star recruit landed an offer from Oregon on Tuesday.
“It’s been going good,” Cotman said. “I’ve been getting a lot of big offers—Oregon today and Ohio State three weeks ago. It’s just been great and overwhelming. I’ve just got to take it all in, but always keep the man upstairs first and that’s God. I can’t complain.”
Although the Ducks have been recruiting Cotman for quite some time, the Catholic Central star was still surprised to receive an offer from Oregon at this early point in his high school career.
“I always liked Oregon,” Cotman said. “I was shocked because I didn’t know it was going to come like that. It was just out of the blue. I was like ‘man’ because they’ve been sending me letters lately, but I did not know that it was going to happen anytime soon. I thought it was going to happen next year during my senior year sometime. Now I’m just blessed to have that offer.”
With an offer from Oregon under his belt, Cotman indicated that he does have plans to visit Eugene, although the timeline on his potential visit is still undefined.
“Absolutely, I do,” Cotman said. “I have never been to their campus, but hopefully I will be there one day. Probably because I’m going for criminal justice, I would want to see if they have a good criminal justice program. I would like to see how the coaches and the players are. I want to go somewhere I can get playing time and have a spiritual life there. I want to know if people believe in God there.”
Earlier this year, Cotman, who also holds offers from Boston College, Cincinnati, FIU, Florida State, Kentucky, Louisville, Miami (Fl.), Ohio State and UCF, took an unofficial visit to USF this season. The Florida Gators also hosted the junior athlete for a big game this season.
“I went to the Florida and Tennessee game,” Cotman said. “It was a good game and a hard fought battle by both of the teams. I experienced how the fans and see how they reacted to the game, experience how the coaches reacted to plays on the sideline and see how they treat you when you come in.”
Click here to watch Cotman’s highlight tape from a game against Berkeley Prep from earlier this season.