Darian Cotton a future Hawkeye?

June 2, 2009

Just emptying my notebook after state track about 10 days ago …

Darian Cotton rushed for 851 yards and six touchdowns last year as a sophomore for Mount Pleasant. He also caught 15 passes and scored on an interception return. Not too bad for a player competing in a secondary role.

Darian’s older brother, Jordan, will play football at Iowa this fall. Their father, Marshall, played at Iowa from 1984-87. It’s no secret that Darian Cotton would like to follow the family legacy up Highway 218 and join the Hawkeyes in two years.

“Iowa has been like giving me different recruiting things, like asking me to go to their camps,” said Darian, who was competing at the Class 3A state track meet in Des Moines last month. “I was offered to go to their spring game to watch, and I like that a lot.

“HopefullyI get to play there.”

Some observers say Darian has more potential than his brother, but that’s debatable. Jordan Cotton rushed for 1,548 yards and 25 touchdowns last year for Mount Pleasant and will play wide receiver at Iowa.

Darian Cotton finished sixth in the Class 3A long jump last month in Des Moines. The brothers are very close, as demonstrated at the state track meet. Jordan Cotton was injured at the state track meet in May and did not participate after the first day.