After taking her time and weighing her options, all Greenbrier High School senior volleyball player DeJhana Cotton has to do now is sign on the dotted line.
After a trip to the school Tuesday, Cotton made her decision to commit to Clemson University.
“I drove up here and visited and they offered me a full-ride scholarship and I had to pick it up,” said Cotton happily. “I verbally committed today and I’m thrilled and very excited to be going there.”
Cotton will have to wait until November before she can officially sign her National Letter of Intent.
In her two seasons with the varsity squad, the 6-foot Cotton has been a major force for the Lady Wolfpack at the net. In that time, the Lady Wolfpack have posted 38-2 and 28-15 records, won two of their three consecutive area titles and made deep runs into the state playoffs.
Former Greenbrier volleyball coach Debbie Born saw her develop from a JV player as a freshman to where she is today, coming off a sophomore season when she was named the Area 2-AAAAA Player of the Year and First Team All-Area as a junior.
“DeJhana is a hard worker, has amazing spirit and work ethic and she brings out the best in her teammates which is a trait that will bring her great success at Clemson,” said Born. “I am so thankful to have coached her and it couldn’t happen to a greater kid. We at Greenbrier are so proud to call her ours.”
Cotton said she had been receiving interest as far back as a year ago but felt too young to make a decision. After looking at other schools she came to realize that Clemson was the place for a number of reasons, including who she would be playing for.
“The coaches are amazing. they welcomed me with open arms and made it seem like it wasn’t fake and it was going to be real and I could be successful there,” said Cotton. “The training facilities are awesome, it’s an overall amazing campus and a really good school. I’m excited.”
Cotton was happy to have the process behind her and is looking forward to the future.
“It’s truly a blessing,” Cotton said. “I’m not going to take it for granted for sure. I’m ready to get on the court.”