Iowa State has held a good-sized lead for O'Fallon, Ill., athlete Micquell Cotton this summer, but a visit to Indiana's campus on Sunday by Cotton has helped the Hoosiers close the gap.
"I would say now that I got to see what they do in practice and how they run practice, that is something I want to be a part of," Cotton said. "I could definitely see myself a part of that in the future, so I would say it definitely boosted them up there a little closer to Iowa State."
Cotton has been working to plan a visit to Indiana throughout the summer, and was able to make it happen the weekend the Hoosier's opened their 2013 camp.
"I had fun. I did some talking with the head coach, and I enjoyed it," Cotton said. "I would say all the coaches there - we all have a really good relationship with each other. They were real happy I got to come down today and watch them practice."
Cotton was part of a group of recruits that attended Sunday's practice and take part in an unofficial visit weekend.
"I actually got to sit in the film room with the safeties and watch film with them," Cotton said. "I saw a disagreement that went down between one of their safeties and one of the wide receivers, and I enjoyed watching that.
"I think Indiana is going to be very good this year now that I finally got to see them in action. Indiana has a lot more size than I thought they had."
Cotton has long-planned to attend several Iowa State games this fall, and now he wants to get back down to Bloomington again before making his college selection.
"I'm going to try to get down to one of Indiana's games - maybe the one against Indiana State," he said. "I am going to wait about 2-3 weeks into school, then I am going to verbally commit."
Indiana and Iowa State represent two of Cotton's four BCS offers. He is also still considering offers from Michigan State and Indiana.
"As far as me with Michigan State and Syracuse, I'm not overlooking them," Cotton said. "I am going to try to visit both before committing, so I would say they are still in the discussion."
The 5-foot-8, 173-pound Cotton has played safety and linebacker during his prep career. Indiana is looking at him for their safety position.