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Beaver Falls' Cottrill picks a college

Written by Brad Everett on .

Beaver Falls athlete Elijah Cottrill has been recruited by Division I schools in both football and basketball.

Cottrill has chosen football.

A senior, Cottrill committed to Akron last week. He was recruited to play wide receiver for the Zips.

Cottrill (6-foot-2, 180 pounds) became the third Beaver Falls senior to commit to a Division I school this month, joining defensive lineman Brock Boxen (Akron) and linebacker Sage Curry (West Virginia).

"We've had a couple [of Division I-bound players] on the same team, but not this many in the same class," said Beaver Falls coach Ryan Matsook, who is in his eighth season.

Cottrill led the the Tigers with 26 catches and scored nine touchdowns last season. He also plays defensive back.

Cottrill committing this early came as a bit of a surprise. He starred on Beaver Falls' basketball team that won the PIAA Class AA title in the spring, and was being recruited by Division I schools in that sport, as well. Creighton had offered him, and schools such as West Virginia and Seton Hall were showing heavy interest. Matsook said Cottrill will keep his basketball options open.