He likely had no idea Cotter’s talent would translate to arguably the Bucs’ finest season by a receiver in school history.
The Buccaneers’ senior wide receiver caught 62 passes for 1,099 yards and 14 touchdowns — all single-season school records. Defensively, he also had 31 unassisted tackles from his cornerback position.
For his efforts, Cotter was named to the Associated Press Division 1-2 all-state first team, which was announced Friday.
“After lifting one day, Coach (Farley) came in and announced it,” said Cotter, who is now practicing with the Bucs’ varsity basketball team. “Especially before the season, this didn’t even cross my mind, but after the season, I knew we had a great year, and I’m not going to lie and say I didn’t want to get it.”
Cotter was one of three Buccaneers to make the team. Quarterback Scott Staal and running back Dakota Smith were both honorable mentions. Staal completed nearly 60 percent of his passes for 2,293 yards and 21 touchdowns. Smith rushed for nearly 1,300 yards and 19 touchdowns.
“The fact that we got three guys on the team speaks to what this team did,” Cotter said.
Cotter’s stock as a college player took a huge leap this year. He hasn’t yet committed to a school, but said he definitely plans to take his game to the next level.
“(The recruiting) started slow because I was really under the radar coming into the season,” Cotter said.
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