Former Tennessee commit explains why he's no longer heading to Knoxville
Four-star athlete C.J. Cotman de-committed from Tennessee on Tuesday night, one of three Volunteer commits to reopen their recruitment process that night.
Cotman, a Florida native, opened up about why he is no longer heading to Knoxville in a Gridiron Now article, saying the Tennessee coaches wanted to go in a different direction:
“My coach called me in and basically told me that they had snapped my offer away,” Cotman said. “They wanted somebody with experience, so they wanted to go get some junior college players.”
Cotman said he felt betrayed by the school he had been committed to since July 20:
“I’m not that type of person to talk bad about a school,” Cotman said. “I really loved Tennessee and I was looking forward to it. When I got the information, I felt a little bit down, but at the same time I still have to look forward and look at the best place for me.”
The talented athlete is now considering North Carolina, Auburn, Kentucky and Ohio State, among others.
According to 247Sports, Cotman is the No. 16 athlete in the class of 2017 and the No. 39 overall recruit from the state of Florida.