HAMILTON, Ga. -- Harris County softball player Kayla Cotton signed a letter of intent to play at the University of Georgia on Tuesday at a ceremony in the school cafeteria.
It was the culmination of a high school career that saw her set the Harris County career record for home runs, finishing with 36. She hit 13 this past season in helping the Lady Tigers to a third-place finish in the state tournament.
"It's amazing," she said of the signing. "I've always wanted to go there. Knowing that they thought I had the potential was great."
Cotton had her sights set on the Lady Bulldogs since middle school, she said, even before she knew playing college softball was a viable opportunity. When they offered her, it was an achievement she wasn't sure she would be able to make.
"I've been working since sixth grade," she said. "It's my dream school."
Georgia won the Southeastern Conference championship a year ago, going 49-15 and falling a win short of playing in the women's College World Series. She said she is excited to be able to contribute in the future and will be called upon for her bat, though she was also a pitcher in high school.
"I'm going for hitting," she said. "Obviously, they expect me to be a good hitter. I've got a good work ethic, too. They have eight seniors, so I could work my way into a spot quickly."
Cotton drove in 49 runs for Harris County this season in addition to her 13 home runs.