Cal QB Has Duke Among Early Favorites

Casey Cochran has already attended junior days at Connecticut and Rutgers. On Feb. 26, Cochran will be visiting Notre Dame for the Irish Junior Day and on April 2, he will be attending the Virginia Junior Day. This summer Cochran plans to attend camps at Connecticut, Boston College, Rutgers, Duke and Notre Dame. "I've still got my senior year coming so I'm not even thinking about committing."

Casey Cochran, the 6-foot-1, 205-pound three-star quarterback from Masuk High School in Monroe, Conn., received his first scholarship offer from Boston College during his sophomore year and thus far the Eagles are his only offer. Although Cochran denies a leader, he favors Boston College, Connecticut, Rutgers, Virginia, Duke, Penn State and Notre Dame.

"Boston College has very good coaches," Cochran said about the Eagles. "I like their academics too. They're always one of the top academic and football schools."

Cochran has visited the Eagles several times already for camps and spring games last year. "I also went to the Notre Dame game and that was amazing," he said. "It's a great atmosphere. They have a huge student section and they were going crazy the whole time."

He has already attended junior days at Connecticut and Rutgers. "UCONN has great facilities," Cochran said about the Huskies. "It's a very prestigious school too."

Although the departure of former Connecticut coach Randy Edsall surprised many people, Cochran says he likes the coaching change. "I think the change is great," he said. "Coach Paul Pasqualoni is a great coach and he coached at the Miami Dolphins and Dallas Cowboys, so he's got a lot of great NFL experience."

The Huskies are only about 45 minutes from Cochran's house, but he says that distance will not be a factor.

He attended the Rutgers Junior Day as well. "They have great facilities too," he said. "The program is doing better and better and are doing great things."

On Feb. 26, Cochran will be visiting Notre Dame for the Irish Junior Day. "Coach Brian Kelly is one of the best offensive coaches in the country," he said about the second-year Irish coach. "He's a great passing coach and I think once he gets his own receivers and quarterback in there they'll be able to do great things."

Then on April 2, Cochran will be attending the Virginia Junior Day.

This summer Cochran plans to attend camps at Connecticut, Boston College, Rutgers, Duke and Notre Dame.

"I've still got my senior year coming so I'm not even thinking about committing or any of that yet," he said. "I want to go where they have good facilities, get good exposure on TV and play in bowl games and have great academics."

He says he never followed a specific school growing up. "I've always been a fan of the game," he said.

Cochran finished his junior season with 200 completions of 289 passes for 3,340 yards and 40 touchdowns. He also had seven touchdowns on the ground.

"I'm very accurate with my throws," he said. "I've got a great arm and I can move well in the pocket. I'm also good at reading coverages."

He says he can bench 285-pounds, squat 455 and has a 26-inch vertical jump.

"I still want to improve my mobility and rolling out and throwing on the run," he said. "Plus, I want to get faster straight ahead."

Cochran plans to major in sports medicine and reports a 3.8 core GPA and is taking the ACT in the spring.


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