Nathan Cottrell committed to Georgia Tech on Monday, a likely A-Back prospect at 5'10", 180lbs, after coming for camp this past weekend and running a sub-4.4 40-yard dash. Tech fans were elated at his commitment given his incredible display of athleticism. Cottrell was elated too -- although not as elated as Tech fans probably were thinking and hoping he was.
A native of Knoxville, TN, Cottrell was speaking with WNML-FM in Knoxville after camping with Cincinnati on Tuesday, when he made some comments that made it sound like his commitment to Georgia Tech wasn't quite as firm as Yellow Jacket fans were hoping for.
Around the 1:40 mark, you hear him speaking very highly about Georgia Tech and sounding excited about what it has to offer him. However, around the 2:29 mark, he's asked about attending other camps and having other schools recruiting him now that he's committed, and he says he's OK with that. He even says (around the 2:55 mark) that his decision probably "won't be completely set in stone until a few months down the road", adding that "as of right now, Georgia Tech is looking like where it's going to be."
Naturally, these comments didn't resonate particularly well with Georgia Tech fans, who have seen a recent history of commitments regularly flipping and decommitting, particularly later on in the process. However, on Wednesday Cottrell released multiple tweets reneging on those comments and reaffirming his commitment to Georgia Tech.
I've opted out of a planned camp at UT this week. Georgia Tech is where I want to be and where I want to begin a new chapter in my life. #GT— Nathan Cottrell (@nathancottrell5) June 11, 2014
Can't wait to get back to Atlanta and be with my family! GO YELLOW JACKETS!! pic.twitter.com/s8Yfn46amy— Nathan Cottrell (@nathancottrell5) June 11, 2014
There's no telling what exactly changed here. Had the coaches not explained the "if you're looking, we're looking" policy to him yet? Did flawless, ever-reasonable Twitter comments help him to see the light? Did he have a dream that he was Roddy Jones, skating down the sideline at Sanford Stadium, determined not to slip on all of the tears of uga fans flooding the field? Only time will tell, but needless to say the remainder of Cottrell's recruitment will be interesting to follow.
Convinced that Cottrell is committed for good? Think there's a chance others are able to pry him away?