Attends Columbia High School in Nampa, Idaho...played for head coach Derek Mertz...rated as a four-star recruit and ranked the 227th overall player in the nation by 247Sports.com...listed as the eighth best tight end in the nation by 247Sports.com and 29th by Scout.com...tabbed the nation’s 19th best Y tight end by ESPN.com... named to the Western 100 by the Tacoma News Tribune...slotted as the top overall prospect in Idaho by 247Sports.com, second by Scout.com and third by ESPN.com...named All-Central-Region by PrepStar...selected by Team U.S.A. to the International Bowl...played in the District III East-West Shrine All-Star Game...earned Second-Team All-State and First-Team All-Southern Idaho Conference honors as a junior... earned three varsity letters while playing tight end, wide receiver, right guard, outside linebacker and defensive end...broke school records for yards per catch (22.64), receiving touchdowns (11), receiving yards (747) and long reception (94)...made 39 receptions for 715 yards and seven touchdowns as a senior...had 33 receptions for 747 yards and 11 touchdowns as a junior...also lettered in basketball and track...recorded a 43’5” best in triple jump and fourth place finish at state championship...All-Conference basketball player and four-year starter playing point guard, forward and center...parents are Eric and Julie Cotton...father played basketball at the College of the Sequoias (1997-98)...has one younger sister, Lanae, and one older sister, Shaniece, who played basketball at Walla Walla Community College (2009-10)...born in Pocatello, Idaho...full name is Eric Louis Cotton, Jr.
Why I chose Stanford:
“The instant atmosphere of success I felt when both competing on and touring the campus of Stanford. The level of coaching I will receive at this level and the expectations that will be held by the coaching staff for me will be a challenging yet rewarding experience. I also see the opportunity after attending Stanford University.”
Which Stanford player I look up to:
“Zach Ertz is a player that plays so explosively but has such precision with each and every move that he makes. He portrays great awareness and looks to win every little battle of every down of football, no matter the opponent. I also like the sacrifice in constantly working that he made for his team so that Stanford could become a dominant force.”