SMU offensive line coach Adrian Klemm was able to make a big splash late in the 2010 recruiting period, pulling in California three-star offensive tackle Ben Gottschalk. Now, Klemm is working inside the Lone Star state, constantly staying in touch with Hallsville offensive tackle Josh Cochran.
"I have been talking with him about once a week. He has been by the school two or three times to talk with my coach also," stated Cochran to PonyStampede.com. "For a guy like that obviously knows what he is talking about wants you, it makes you feel good."
"I want to stay in Texas and those are some of the schools that are showing me the most interest and have been on my mind," said the offensive tackle. "I grew up a Texas fan. I have told all the coaches that. It's the team my family has followed and I have been down there a lot. I really like their coaching staff and everything, but I wouldn't say they are my favorite."
Cochran will visit the Longhorns on junior day this weekend, not allowing him to head to the Hilltop. But, a visit to Dallas will soon be in order the 2011 recruit. He did have plans to visit this weekend, but Coach Klemm was out of town.
"I decided to wait until Coach Klemm would be there, where he can meet my family and show me around himself," said the Hallsville product. "He is just a great guy. I think he really cares about you. Last week we talked for a while on the phone. Yeah, a lot of it was about SMU, but some of it was just chit-chat. That is pretty cool. It shows you he cares about you as a person.
So what will the future big time prospect be looking for in a school?
"I want a school with a winning tradition. With SMU, Coach Jones is really turning the program around. You can tell things have changed a lot," said Cochran. "Especially after watching their bowl game against Nevada. I also want a school with a good education. I want to major in education, so it's important to me. Also Texas talks about a family atmosphere. I have seen that at some of the schools I have visited. I want to see if SMU has it."
With so many big time prospects waiting longer and longer these days to make a decision, fans should expect a commitment from Cochran before too long.
"I'm thinking that I would like to make a decision before I finish my junior year. That way I know where I'm going and I can focus on my senior year. I want to be thinking about football and not a school next season."
It's safe to assume that with general interest from both parties, a SMU offer will be heading out to the junior soon. PonyStampede.com will keep you informed when news breaks.