Big 6-3, 320 Matt Cochran from Buhach Colony High is rated the number seven center in the nation by Scout.com and has offers from schools all over the country, but he said right now his excitement level is high waiting to see Auburn and Jordan-Hare Stadium on a game day.
"I'm really excited about it," Cochran tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I finally get to meet Coach (Gene) Chizik and the guys. I didn't get to see them for that long the last time because they had just gotten back from meeting with the president and we were about to leave."
With family in Alabama and very familiar with the Auburn program after living near Birmingham until he was 10, Cochran enjoyed his first chance to see live on the Plains back in June. Now with a better feel for the Tigers he said he can't wait to see what it's going to be like and he's especially glad it's going to be a night game.
"I don't think I've ever been to a game this big," Cochran said. "My dad just read to me that it's going to be their first night game (SEC game). That's so crazy to me because of all the games for them to have as a night game is basically the only game I could really go to and if it wasn't a night game I wouldn't be able to make it."
One of the biggest things that Cochran said has drawn him to Auburn in addition to his knowledge of the program is offensive line Coach Jeff Grimes. A very good recruiter and coach, Grimes has without question made an impact on the standout from California.
"I like the fact that they are starting a lot of freshmen," Cochran said. "I know it's not as good for them this season, but in the end it's going to benefit them. It just lets me know I have a good chance of coming in and fighting hard for a spot early on. Besides that Coach Grimes is a great guy and Coach Chizik's reputation speaks for itself.
"Coach Grimes is a great recruiter and he really knows his offense," he added. "He knows what he's talking about when he's talking to you. In addition he's really a great person. It's just good to talk to him and he's easy to talk to. He doesn't make it uncomfortable when we're talking about football, it's like I'm talking to my dad or my brother."
In addition to Auburn Cochran said he's looking at California, Washington and Utah and is without a fifth school at the moment. He has offers from all four as well as Arizona State, Boise State, Colorado, Stanford, UCLA and others.
Recently Cochran added a big honor to his already large list of offers as he was named to the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl to be played in January in Arizona. He'll be joined in the game by top players from across the country including Auburn commitment Ricky Parks. He said for him it's a huge honor and one he cherishes.
"It's amazing," Cochran said. "It's over and beyond anything I expected. I never really even strived for that and to be honest being invited to the game is huge for me and my family. I have to thank God for the opportunity."
He and younger brother Aaron Cochran along with talented defender Aziz Shittu have helped BCHS to a perfect 6-0 start the season and one of the top teams in the Sacramento area. This week they'll play another undefeated team Pittman High and one of the biggest games in California. When they line up Cochran said the opponent will see a much different player in him than last season.
"I think I'm playing 20 times better than I did last year," Cochran said. "I'm getting off the ball faster and moving downfield a lot faster. I think it's a matter of me losing weight. I have dropped almost 30 pounds since last year and that's probably the difference."