Eric Cotton: Realizing a Dream

The 6-5, 235-pound Eric Cotton

Eric Cotton's early focus on getting to Stanford makes the manner in which he was offered a scholarship to the school this past summer all the more memorable. The big, versatile Idaho tight end prospect checked in with The Bootleg Radio after his official visit and left an insightful interview.

Early in his high school days, Eric Cotton's father told him not to limit himself when it came to his college aspirations. Cotton tacked a pin at the location of Stanford on a map of California, which his father hung next to his room's door so that he could frequently visualize his goal.

"I replay that memory a lot," Cotton says. "Every time I walked into and out of my room, I would see it."

The 6-foot-5, 235-pound tight end's goal became reality last summer, when he attended Stanford's football camp. David Shaw offered him a scholarship during a water break.

"At first, I thought I was in trouble or something," Cotton laughs.

Far from it. The versatile Idahoan -- who has quarterback, tackle, receiver, and tight end experience -- is now committed to Stanford's 2013 recruiting class. He joined me and Sam Fisher on The Bootleg Radio to discuss his classic recruiting story and share insights about his official visit and recruitment.

Bootleg Radio: Eric Cotton (click here if sound below doesn't work)

David Lombardi is the Stanford Football Insider for The Bootleg and FOX Sports Next. Check him out at Follow him on Twitter: @DavidMLombardi.

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