Penn State Class of 2013 – DE Curtis Cothran


Newton, PA defensive end Curtis Cothran has faxed his letter of intent to the coaches at Penn State. Cothran is an unusual type of recruit. The only highlight reel you can find of him is a minute long. He committed to Penn State last March, a day after receiving his offer and he all but quit the recruiting process. Curtis knew Penn State was where he wanted to be and he didn’t care to make much fuss about it. Also, he’s 6’5″, 250 pounds and freakishly strong.

Cothran has reported offers including Northwestern, Maryland, UConn and Rutgers but I wouldn’t be surprised to find out that he has another half dozen offers that he just never told anybody about because they didn’t matter to him. That’s the kind of kid he is. In a world where recruits are taking secret visits and flipping commitments to rival schools, CC committed in March and stopped caring about the process. He’s a consensus three star but that’s tough to take seriously because he never tried to get recruited or send film to the recruiting services. I rarely ever fault a kid for whatever decision he makes about his future but with all the recruiting news from the past few days, it’s refreshing to reflect on a situation like Cothran’s.

As for on the field, Curtis might shock some people and push for snaps this coming season. He has bulked up and was a force at the Chesapeake Bowl all star game. If he doesn’t crack the depth chart this year, it won’t take much longer than that. I think Larry Johnson has his next star in the making in Curtis Cothran.

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