TE, 6-6, 230, Ames, Iowa (Ames HS)
Ben Cotton is a second generation Husker who is expected to begin his Nebraska career as a tight end. Cotton is the son of Nebraska associate head coach/offensive line coach Barney Cotton, who played for the Huskers from 1975 to 1978. Cotton committed to the Huskers shortly after the hiring of Bo Pelini as head coach in early January. He is the first scholarship signee from the state of Iowa since 2001. Cotton has been a key performer for Ames High and Coach Bruce Vertanen since his sophomore year. During his senior season, Cotton caught 44 passes for 639 yards and four touchdowns to earn first-team Elite All-State honors from the Des Moines Register. He was the Little Cyclones' only two-way starter, also lining up at defense end. Cotton missed six games because of injury in 2006, but still managed 10 receptions. Cotton first drew the attention of college coaches as a sophomore when he earned second-team all-conference honors. In addition to his football skills, Cotton is also a standout for the Ames High basketball team. He has been a part of the starting lineup each of the past two years. Cotton qualified for the state track meet in the discus and is a pitcher and center fielder for the baseball team. Cotton was ranked among the top 25 tight ends in the country by SuperPrep and Rivals.com. He was listed as the No. 2 overall prospect in the state of Iowa by Rivals.com and Scout.com and among the top 25 players in the Midlands region by SuperPrep. Cotton chose Nebraska over offers from Louisville, Iowa, Kansas, Iowa State and Wisconsin. Ben is the son of Barney and Christine Cotton and was born on June 13, 1989.