Columbia High football player commits to Stanford

By Brian Murphy
bmurphy@idahostatesman.com

Columbia High wide receiver Eric Cotton has committed to Stanford, he told the Idaho Statesman on Tuesday. Cotton (6-foot-5, 235 pounds) will play tight end for the Cardinal of the Pac-12.

Cotton attended Stanford's football camp last week, was offered a scholarship Thursday and committed Friday.

"Stanford education was a big seller for me, along with their amazing football program," Cotton said.

Cotton also had offers from Missouri, Washington State, Army, Air Force, Harvard and Idaho.

Cotton plays wide receiver and defensive end for Columbia. He also played right tackle for one season.

"His whole life he's been a basketball player. He's a very athletic big guy. It's not that he's not a good basketball player, but when I saw him I recognized that he's five times the football player that he was as a basketball player," Columbia coach Derek Mertz. "He had a career if he wanted it in the game of football."

Cotton said Missouri and Washington State wanted him as a non-traditional tight end in their spread offenses, similar to the role he plays at Columbia. But Cotton liked the way Stanford uses its tight ends in a variety of roles, including as a traditional run-blocker.

Lineman to Idaho

Offensive lineman Nick Edenfield has committed to play at Idaho, Mertz said. Edenfield (6-3, 280) plays offensive and defensive line for Columbia.

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Great choice!

I'd go to Stanford too! His scholarship is worth about $250,000.00.

I bet his parents are very very happy too!

No kidding, he hit an

No kidding, he hit an athletic scholarship lottery.

Funny that he wasn't offered by Boise State

Nuff said

Boise State

Is smart enough to chase the kids they know they can get. This kid wasn't one of them. I love the Bronco's, but I'd got to Stanford too if they offered me a full ride.

He plays for the geek tree. The bling is to be expected

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