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Medford’s Cota transfers to Oregon

Ex-South Medford star had spent past four seasons at UCLA

After playing four seasons at UCLA, Medford’s Chase Cota announced Friday his intentions to transfer and play this coming season at the University of Oregon — where his father Chad Cota and cousin Brady Breeze were each all-conference safeties during their playing days for the Ducks.

Cota had put his name in the transfer portal Jan. 17 after four seasons with the Bruins and head coach Chip Kelly, and will have one year of eligibility remaining as a super senior.

Cota helped lead South Medford High to the Class 6A state championship game during his senior season and was one of the nation’s top receiving recruits for the Class of 2018.

The 6-foot-3, 210-pound Cota was utilized primarily as a blocking receiver and to create space for UCLA’s other perimeter threats during his time with the Bruins.

At Oregon, Cota is expected to add experience to a young group headlined by Troy Franklin, Kris Hutson and Dont’e Thornton.

The reliable Cota saw action in all 43 of his games at UCLA, making 26 starts. He was a starter in 25 of his final 31 games with the Bruins, this past season compiling 18 catches for 286 yards and one touchdown.

For his career at UCLA, Cota amassed 883 yards and six touchdowns on 67 catches.

As a senior at South Medford, he caught 44 passes for 782 yards and 12 touchdowns and was rated as the No. 2 recruit in the state of Oregon behind Talanoa Hufanga, who currently plays safety for the San Francisco 49ers, and by 247 Sports as the No. 27 wide receiver in the country.

Chad Cota went on to play defensive back in the NFL from 1995-2002 with the Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints, Indianapolis Colts and then-St. Louis Rams.

Breeze was the 2020 Rose Bowl Defensive MVP for Oregon after a career-high 11 tackles, a forced fumble and fumble recovery for a TD. He currently plays free safety for the Detroit Lions.

Reach sports editor Kris Henry at 541-776-4488, khenry@rosebudmedia.com or www.twitter.com/Kris_Henry

Medford’s Chase Cota turns upfield for UCLA during a 2019 game against Oregon State at the Rose Bowl oin Pasadena, Calif. Photo courtesy of UCLA athletics