Davin Cotton is the top-ranked defensive lineman in Louisiana in the Class of 2018. He committed to LSU and coach Ed Orgeron back on Feb. 18, alongside his Evangel Academy teammates Micah Baskerville (4-star linebacker) and Ar’Darius Washington (3-star defensive back), during the team’s Boys From The Boot recruiting function. He is fully expected to sign during the early signing period.
- In the spring, Cotton maintained that he was solid to LSU despite some unknowns. The big questions were which position he’d play in Baton Rouge and if he could enroll early. Nonetheless, the 4-star lineman knew he was LSU-bound.
- Interestingly enough, Cotton was offered by Nick Saban and Alabama months before Orgeron offered him on the day he committed. Clearly, Cotton was waiting for that LSU offer and pounced on it right away.
- Cotton suffered a season-ending torn ACL in the first game of his senior season. While it derailed his production on the field, Cotton was able to get his grades in good standing in order to graduate early and is set to enroll at LSU in January.
- Speaking of that injury, Cotton is unsure of how much he’ll be able to play this spring but is confident he will be ready by the time the fall rolls around . Cotton spent much of the fall in rehab for the torn ACL.
The 6-foot-2, 260-pound Cotton is a top-300 prospect nationally and a top-25 defensive tackle in the class, but is projected to play the 5-technique in LSU’s three-man front. Cotton is an explosive pass rusher and excelled in that role in high school, which should set the stage for a rather smooth transition at LSU. Of course, Cotton’s injury may lead him to limited participation in 2018.
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