Connecticut QB Talks Duke

As one of the top quarterbacks in the Northeast, Connecticut prospect Casey Cochran has a number of options. The early three star prospect spoke to TDD recently to provide an update on those options and his recruitment in general.

"My current list of schools consists of Boston College, Connecticut, Rutgers, Virginia, Duke, Penn State, Harvard, and Yale," said Monroe (Conn.) Masuk High standout Casey Cochran. "I have offers from Boston College and Connecticut."

At 6-foot-1 and with a 4.8 forty time on the books, Cochran utilized size and elusiveness to post an incredible junior season with Masuk. He completed 200 of 279 passes (72 percent) for 3,475 yards which included 40 touchdowns while also adding seven more scores on the ground. For his efforts Cochran was named All-League, All-Area, All-State, and the Gatorade and Walter Camp State Player of the Year.

So what makes Cochran so successful as a player?

"The first thing a coach notices when recruiting me is my technique and accuracy. I feel like my strengths are arm strength, throwing technique, proper footwork in three, five, and seven step drops, my accuracy, and my ability to extend broken plays. I also put in a lot of time studying defenses and their coverages while trying to build on my experience as a three year varsity starter."

Not a bad recipe for a successful QB prospect. But what needs work?

"I need to work on my strength and my straight away speed. I also need to get better at throwing on the run."

Turning to the recruiting process, Cochran says he's looking for a school that has strong academics, but who also has a quarterback friendly offense, top shelf facilities, and plays in a strong conference. In charge of showing how Duke meets that criteria is Blue Devil assistant Matt Lubick.

"Coach is pitching the idea of the Duke education and being able to learn the quarterback position under a guy like Coach Cutcliffe. I already view Duke as one of the top academic schools in the country, and they have one of the top programs thanks to Coach Cutcliffe. He has made big changes since taking over and I think they'll be a contender in the ACC in the near future."

With no timetable for a decision, Cochran says he's turning his attention to visits and the summer camp circuit. He plans to visit UConn, BC, Rutgers, Alabama, Harvard, Duke, Virginia, Yale, and Penn State between now and the fall.


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