Academics Top Priority for Cochran

With a championship junior season in the bags, Casey Cochran of Masuk High (Monroe, Conn.) is set to begin evaluating his options. The top-ranked 2012 prospect in Connecticut said education is his first priority when evaluating schools

"Recruitment's going well," Cochran said. "During the season, I kind of held it off, because I wanted to focus on the season, but my dad took care of it."

Cochran (6'0, 225-lb) finished his junior season with 3,345 yard, and throwing 40 touchdown passes, including three in Masuk's 50-20 state championship win over New Canaan High School.

Now with the season over, Cochran has begun to read the letters from different schools, and focus on his recruitment.

"I have on offer from Boston College right now, that's my only offer," Cochran said. "I've been getting letters from a bunch of colleges right now."

Aside from being a standout on the football field, Cochran is also a standout student. Cochran currently holds a 3.9 GPA, and is near the top of his graduating class. Casey said he hopes to play football at a school with high academic standards.

"Definitely Harvard and Yale," Cochran said. "I do like Northwestern, Boston College, and Stanford. Education is a big part of my process."

With academics as an important factor of his decision, Cochran is considering Northwestern, one of the top schools in the Midwest. Cochran has not been to Northwestern's campus, but has a general idea of what to expect.

"I would like to visit," Cochran said of Northwestern. "I've only heard it's a great school, in a great city Chicago. It's very prestigious."

Still a junior, Cochran said he plans to take his time with evaluating his options, and admitted he will visit a school before choosing to commit. However, Casey still has more than a year to make his decision, so time is definitely not a concern.

"I still have one more year, so I have a long time to decide what I like and where want to go."

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