Want to attack every day with the latest Georgia football recruiting info? That’s the Intel. This entry will cover the flip today made by top 100 WR prospect Raymond Cottrell in the 2023 class.
When pondering what might potentially make every member of DawgNation’s day on the recruiting trail, there would be two very high-ranking scenarios.
The first would likely be for any 5-star or top 20 prospect in any class. That’s the kind of talent Georgia has stacked up and it will need to continue to stay ranked No. 1 in the nation for long stretches in seasons to come.
The second would be for the Bulldog to add an explosive wide receiver and playmaker to the offense. The third would be if any of the prospects could be flipped from the University of Florida.
The decision that Raymond Cottrell made today will certainly check two of those three boxes. The Florida native had been committed to the Gators since July 31, 2021. He made the decision to flip that commitment to Georgia today.
“At the end of the day, I’m doing what’s best for me and my family,” he said on social media.
The Milton High School (Milton, Fla.) standout currently ranks as the nation’s No. 12 WR and the No. 85 overall prospect for the 2023 cycle on the 247Sports Composite standard.
He shared his thoughts behind the decision in the social media post below.
He got to see Todd Monken’s offense guided by top-shelf quarterbacks JT Daniels, Carson Beck, Stetson Bennett IV and Brock Vandagriff.
“I can see myself being a part of it because they throw a lot and that black and red is a nice color and the way their coaches develop their players,” he told DawgNation this week. “You can definitely see it.”
Check out the highlight reel for the 6-foot-3, 203-pound Cottrell:
Cottrell also has a long 69-yard touchdown catch from his junior season among his highlights.
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Raymond Cottrell: The real story to know here
Cottrell plays football because he loves the game, but also for a greater purpose. He aims to provide a better life for his immediate family through football.
“What motivates me is my mother,” he said. “I use this slogan and I say feed your family.”
His family includes his mother Sherquise Riley and three younger brothers in Rayvon, Rayquan and Quatarious. Their ages range from seven to 15 years.
“My mom works very hard to put food on the table for us and when I look at my mom when she comes home and tired it hurts watching my mom look the way she looks,” Cottrell said. “That’s what motivates me to get to the league so I can make sure she never works again and I got three little brothers at home watching their big brother so I’m setting an example for them.”
Those four lives are most definitely his why for football.
“I play this sport because I know it’ll feed my family so my family can live great without stressing thinking what the next meal is going to be,” he said. “Everybody has got a sad story, but I’m going to go get everything for my people.”
That plight is not the only hardship he said he’s experienced. Cottrell has the initials “LLJA” on the top of both of his social media accounts. There’s a broken heart emoji next to those letters on his Twitter page.
What does that mean?
“Long live Joe Austin,” he said. “My track coach. Man, that was the best coach you can ask for. He’s the reason I started doing track. He died of COVID-19, but he’s resting in peace now. But I’ll keep [his memory] in the base of my heart.”
He said he knew Austin for about four years. His former track coach also served as the dean of students at his middle school.
“He made me live track,” Cottrell said. “He told me you always have to have that [fire] in you no matter what. That’s what made me a ‘Dawg until this point and I’ll forever live by it.”
This flip should serve as an indicator of where the Bulldogs are as an offense. That’s in spite of what the perceptions might lend themselves to be.
Cottrell is a national recruit who fancies himself in a modern vertical passing attack. This “best decision for his family” was to commit to what the Bulldogs have to offer in that regard.
I’m a physical twitchy receiver,” Cottrell said. “I can get out of my breaks like a little guy. I’m quick off the ball.”
“What’s most important to me at wide receiver is that you have to have strong hands and you have to dominate at all times whether you are getting the ball or not. Also, great wide receivers are not selfish and what I mean by that is great wide receivers block when they don’t get the ball. Either way, you gotta have a dog mentality at everything, including blocking.”
If there’s a better definition for what Georgia needs at WR in every recruiting cycle, this reporter would love to see it.
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