Georgia Tech gets 5th football commit in 5 days (UPDATED)

Nathan Cottrell (247sports)

Nathan Cottrell (247sports)

Speedster Nathan Cottrell committed to Georgia Tech on Monday, one day after earning an offer at summer camp.

The 5-foot-10, 185-pounder is only ranked as a 2-star but he has been obliterating the camp circuit with his 40-yard times. The running back from Knoxville, Tenn., committed to Georgia Tech in a hurry.

“Well the situation I’m in with them being the first big school to offer, it put them in a situation where we are committed to you if you are committed to them,” Cottrell told the AJC.

“I thought and prayed about it for nearly three hours, and I feel like when I line up Georgia Tech with many other schools that are possible offers, I still love it here and there is not really any other school I would consider over Georgia Tech.”

This summer, Cottrell has been turning heads with his blazing speed. He was clocked at 4.36 seconds at Middle Tennessee State and 4.36 at Duke. Cottrell was timed at 4.33 by Georgia Tech, which generated an immediate offer.

“I ran a 4.33, and (Paul Johnson) said we have some 4.4 type guys but it’s very rare we see a consistent 4.3 guy,” Cottrell said.

Cottrell had around a dozen early offers, including Princeton, Wofford, Air Force and Western Carolina. His name was getting out fast to other colleges after his blazing 40 times.

“Well I really believe that I fit the offense (at Georgia Tech) very well because we run a very similar type of offense at my school. The education speaks for itself. I love the city. It’s awesome getting to play at the highest keel of football and get an amazing education.”

Georgia Tech now has eight commitments for 2015, including five within the last week.

Cottrell’s commitment was first reported by’s Kelly Quinlan.


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