Jason Cotton, a center from Murphy, TX, verbally committed to Northeastern late last week. Cotton is a ’95, who spent last season with the Colorado Thunderbirds (Midget AAA). The 17 year old is already 6’3, 178 lbs.
Despite playing just one season with the Thunderbirds, he won over the coaching staff, including head coach Angelo Ricci. “Jason is terrific at protecting the puck and creating space for himself…has an incredible shot….very skilled offensive player that learned how to play away from the puck and on the defensive side of the puck last season,” Ricci said of Cotton, who had 29 points in 40 games last season. Ricci also added that “[Cotton] was a big time performer and produced when it mattered most.”
Cotton was selected 35th overall by the Tri City Storm in this year’s USHL Entry Draft and he has made the team out of camp. The Thunderbirds will miss him, though. Ricci called him a Top 6 forward with a bright future.
Cotton becomes the third member of the 2014 recruiting class joining Lincoln Stars defenseman Daniel Willett and recently committed Josh Couturier.
He will also become the first Husky to come from Texas since JP Maley in 2008-2009.