By Kendall Webb
Publisher, College Football America Yearbook
Lester Cotton played for the Tuscaloosa (AL) Central Falcons, and then signed in February to play for Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide. That’s what you call a hometown hero, and Cotton has the size (6-4, 325 pounds) and skill set to contribute as a true freshman similar to how Cam Robinson moved into a starting role for the Tide last fall.
We felt so strongly about Cotton’s potential that we selected him as a member of the College Football America Yearbook’s 2015 Dream Team as part of the freshman Class of 2015. That means we’ll be watching closely to see how things pan out this fall and beyond as Cotton also becomes a member of The Program by virtue of his selection to the Class of 2015.
The Program is an annual feature in the CFA Yearbook where we track our previous freshman classes and present them in the context of a college football program. Any incoming FBS college freshman is eligible for selection to the team, but only a total of 26 freshmen are selected on any given year — 11 offensive starters, 11 defensive starters and four specialists. This team represents the freshmen we believe are most likely at their respective positions to contribute early in their careers while eventually performing at an All-American level.
Cotton has the makings of a player who should develop into an NFL-caliber prospect, and the fact he’s playing for Alabama will keep him high on everybody’s radar in the years to come.
Welcome to The Program, big guy.
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