Former Ole Miss quarterback Raymond Cotton got his official release Wednesday and is expected to practice with South Alabama when it hits the field for the first time Friday morning, according to Jaguars coach Joey Jones.
Cotton’s departure from Ole Miss has been linked mostly to playing time. His father, Raymond Cotton Sr., said last week that his son would transfer to USA, but Cotton himself said over the weekend no decision had been made.
During the spring, Cotton battled junior Nathan Stanley for the Rebels’ starting job, but he was listed as second on the depth chart heading into the season. Cotton passed for 178 yards and two touchdowns in the Grove Bowl spring game.
Cotton — now a redshirt freshman who originally committed to Auburn before signing with Ole Miss — threw for 2,243 yards and 24 touchdowns at Fort Meade, Md., as a prep senior. He played quarterback at Blount for two years before transferring to Faith Academy for his junior year.
“We’re excited about having Raymond,” Jones said. “I’d heard a lot of great things about him. Obviously, I’ve seen high school highlight films on him and kept up with his career a little bit last year. It looks like we’ve got a good one transferring in here.”
Cotton is expected to compete at the quarterback position returning