Cochran Curious About Oregon

Atwater (CA) Buhach Colony three-star offensive lineman Matt Cochran has seen most of the Pac-12, including Oregon, but what about the Ducks has Cochran curious about what's happening in Eugene?

Do you currently have an offer from Oregon?

"No, I don't currently have an offer from Oregon. I have taken an unofficial visit to their school and have spoken with coach (Steve) Greatwood, but I haven't gotten a chance to speak with coach (Chip) Kelly though."

When was your unofficial visit to Oregon?

"I think it was April 24 when I took my visit."

What kinds of things did you see and do while on your visit?

"It was actually pretty exciting. They took us around the campus, we checked out the facilities...we got to talk to the nutrition coach (James Harris) and he definitely made an impact on my opinion of Oregon. I met with coach Greatwood and coach (Jerry) Azzinaro and that was really good; we got to have a sit down chat with him, my parents and my little brother and that was a pretty good talk."

Has coach Greatwood more or less been the only coach from Oregon that you've been in contact with throughout the recruiting process?

"Yes. If I'm trying to get in contact with somebody from Oregon, I usually just give him a call."

In your conversations with coach Greatwood, has he discussed anything as far as a potential offer coming through for you or anything like that?

"I mean it sounded good and it sounded like it would, but I'm not getting that definite feeling that I'm gonna get an offer from them. I still have interest in Oregon, but if I don't have an offer from them, I can't really work off of that interest."

How would you classify your overall interest in Oregon at this point?

"Well, immediately after my unofficial visit, they were sitting on top, but, I mean, it's been about a month or two months since then and that's kind of had an impact on my interest in them. Before that, they were doing pretty good, but like I said before, an offer would definitely help."

How would you describe yourself as a player?

"I like to be quick and I like to be explosive. Those are two things I try to work very hard on. Besides that, when I talk to coaches, they like the fact that I have good feet and move well for my size. Usually, the first thing I hear is, 'Your film doesn't do you justice.' That's usually a good thing for me to hear."

Is coach Greatwood and Oregon looking at you along the offensive line?

"Yes sir, they were looking to put me at center or guard."

Is there a player at the collegiate or professional level that you try to pattern your game after?

"When it comes to explosiveness, I really like Ndamukong Suh. I watched his whole Nebraska career and he was my idol just because of how fast and how quick and how strong he was coming off of the ball. I know he's a defensive lineman, but that kind of explosiveness can be useful on the offensive line also, so that's what I'm trying to match."

What are you looking for in a program?

"I need to make sure I connect well with the coaches and the players, that's a big thing. Academics -- I don't preach them as much as I should -- but they do come first because this decision will affect the rest of my life, so academics has to be good as well. I was also wanting to make sure the coach is right and that he's working to make the team better and the program better."

Have you given any thought as to what you might want to study when you get to college?

"I want to look in to human development and family sciences. That, and I want to see if I can minor in music. I want to see if I can go in undecided, but those are two things I'm interested in because I don't have a definite major that I want to go in to."

What are some of the offers that you have from other schools at this point?

"Arizona State, Washington, Washington State, SMU, Nevada, San Jose State, Boise State, Utah, Colorado, California...I know for sure that I have 10, but keeping up with the names in my head is kinda hard."

Do you have a top five or a list of favorites at this point?

"I don't have a top five because I have to consider everybody because it all comes down to prayer for me and my family. This decision, like I said, is gonna affect the rest of my life, so nobody is gonna be on top until I make the decision."

Out of the schools that have offered you or that you've been in touch with, is there anyone who's been standing out to you?

"Out of all the schools, I'd say Utah, Washington and Stanford are the three toughest recruiting schools on me right now. Stanford definitely because, as I'm sure you know, Aziz (Shittu) -- when you're with a Stanford recruiter, you gotta listen to Stanford stuff everyday -- so I get an earful (from him)."

As far as camps and unofficial visits go, where have you been and where do you plan on going this summer?

"I'm going to Alabama in about three days I think. I'm already here right now, but we're going to the camp in three days. I'm planning on going to USC Rising Stars for just a few hours, the Cal three day camp I'm gonna be there for a few hours...and Stanford -- their Nike camp -- I'm gonna be there also. Those are the only four camps I've been planning on attending. As far as unofficial visits go, I've visited most of the schools in the Pac-12 except for Arizona, Arizona State, Utah and Colorado."

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