Cota is an Army All-American

October 10, 2017
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When South Medford (Ore.) receiver Chase Cota started growing up, he was hopeful to play in the Army All-American game since he was a young buck in middle school. 

On Tuesday in front of friends, family, faculty, teammates and media, Cota was presented his All-American jersey from Army bowl representatives. For Cota it was a pretty special moment in front of so many close friends.

"I mean shoot, it means a lot to my family, to me growing up watching it," Cota told ScoopDuck. "Like I said in my speech, growing up in middle school I told my uncle this was something I wanted to do. So being able to work towards it and achieve it is a huge honor. I was glad to see my parents get recognized and the coaches for all they've done."

This season the Panthers are on the winning side of things. Cota hasn't lit up the stat sheet but he explained some of that and why he's not concerned.

"We're 5-1 and we're not playing our best football. So hopefully we can get back to that and get better. Especially this week against Roseburg. We've been in a funk but we have some of our best football ahead of us. Hopefully we can win league and then hopefully win our first playoff game and keep moving on from there."

"A lot of it is defensive scheme and stuff too. I've never had a season where I've had 1,000 yards receiving. I've had frustration in the past, but I'm used to it at this point. I think I've caught 8 balls one game this year but usually it's only 3 or 4 a game. If there's 4 guys on my side of the field and only 2 on the other side, Jalen Owens is pretty good and should get the easy look. I think he leads the team in receptions, he's a great player and I'm happy to see him be succesful as long as we're winning."

On the recruiting front, Cota spent the weekend in Los Angeles two weeks ago. The Bruins have made a bit of a move in the recruitment of Cota of late.

"It was definitely a great experience and got to know the guys there even more. I like the personalities there, there isn't a super intimidating figure there or anything. I really like the coaches I'd be working with. I also see a lot of opportunity there with the guys that will be graduating and hopefully going to the NFL at my position. I like how the students are intertwined with the football players there too."

Offensively he likes where he would fit in with UCLA.

"Their X gets the ball the most and that's where I would play. If you are in that spot you are doing something right."

Notre Dame also got a visit a few weeks back. Would distance be an issue for the Irish?

"I don't know what it was this time, but it was a better trip than my other trips. I like how invested into the football team the students are there. I actually spent more time with the students than the players when I was there which was cool. It was Ian Book who I talked with the most, who started this week for them in fact. But we mostly hung out with other students which was cool. The university and the culture are great. It's just having to go to Indiana for it, which is a decision I have to make."

Academics are a priority in his recruitment. Which is something both schools offer, strong degrees.

"I want to get my business degree. UCLA doesn't offer that degree but has some I can tie into it with so that's not a big deal. But I got to talk to a professor at UCLA that helped invent the Keurig, which was pretty cool."

Chase wasn't able to make it to Eugene this weekend. However his father and brother, Carson, were at Oregon Saturday night.

"I had homecoming and then the next day I was busy so we haven't talked a ton. But I know he and dad went up and had a lot of fun. I know if you asked him he would tell you it was pretty fun. He loves Oregon and I know that was pretty cool for him to go up there."

The 6-foot-4, 195-pounder will make his way to Eugene a couple times starting soon.

"I will take an unofficial visit to Oregon for a game. I plan on taking my official visit the weekend of Dec. 15 when Oregon brings in a big group of guys. But I definitely want to get up there for a game soon too."

The Ducks have not overlooked Cota and have made him one of the most heavily recruited players in the country.

"Oregon recruits me more than I expected. Over the weekend I got a bunch of calls from coaches and staff at Oregon. They are always on me. There's no doubt they are recruiting me as hard as anyone else, if not more."

Cota has plans for his official visits and a commitment timeline.

"I will take my official visit to USC and Oregon after the season. And then the last visit to Cal or maybe Alabama. I'm not sure which."

"I plan on committing the last week before the early signing day period. So I'll make my decision in December after my last official visit."

 

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