Texas A&M has earned a commitment from 2023 four-star wide receiver Raymond Cottrell from Milton, Florida just outside of Pensacola.
Cottrell had been committed to the University of Georgia since November 2021 but did not sign on early signing day at the beginning of December and flipped his commitment to the Aggies on Monday.
He mostly played wide receiver but also spent time as a wildcat quarterback and a defensive back. During his final high school season, Cottrell had 651 receiving yards and nine touchdowns.
He spoke with On3 about his decision to flip.
“I believe that Texas A&M has one of the best coaching staffs in college football. It’s just a work in progress. Also, I wanted to play with Evan Stewart, excited to learn from him, and the other receivers that are also up there. I’ll be the fifth scholarship player there, and that gives me a chance to come in and make an impact. Texas A&M is just all around great.”
Cottrell is ranked as the No.24 receiver and No.148 overall in the 2023 recruiting class and plans to enroll at A&M in February, according to his official announcement on Instagram. He also had offers from schools like Alabama, Georgia, Miami, and Florida.
He becomes the 19th commitment for Texas A&M this recruiting cycle and the overall recruiting class now ranks as the 8th-best class in the country, according to 247Sports.
His commitment comes on the heels of a tumultuous offseason that has seen 27 players leave the Texas A&M football program — the most of any school in the country. That includes defensive lineman Anthony Lucas, who entered the transfer portal on Tuesday.
The University of Texas is the only school in the state with a better recruiting class this cycle. The Longhorns have the third-best class in the nation behind only Georgia and Alabama.
TCU (No.19) also has a top 20 class, while Texas Tech (No.32) and Baylor (No.33) have the next best classes among Texas universities.