Cochran shines at NIKE Camp, wants offer

With every camp, every new opportunity coaches and scouts have to look at him, Buhach Colony offensive lineman Matt Cochran becomes known less as Aziz Shittu's teammate and more as one of the West Coast's top interior linemen.

At last weekend's NIKE Camp, Matt Cochran had a standout showing, with numerous on-site observers placing him among the top four linemen in attendance, along with top recruits Kyle Murphy, Erik Magnuson, and Isaac Seumalo. Scout's Brandon Huffman listed Cochran as one of the 10 best offensive performers at the talent-laden camp.

But while acknowledging improvement from his performance at the USC NIKE Camp in early April, Cochran was far from content with his showing.

"I look at everything as a chance to improve and compared to my performance at the USC camp and just from the season how much better I've gotten since then, I can see, but there's still a lot, lot more room for improvement," Cochran said. "I have to work on my footwork and work on making sure I strike fast and get my hands back and keep my elbows up, just little stuff. There's always room for improvement when you're a lineman because you can never be the best athlete."

Before leaving the Farm due to a scheduling conflict with the Sunday NIKE Camp, Aziz Shittu accompanied Cochran to Stanford's Saturday Junior Day.

"We spent a lot of time with the players," Cochran said. "All of us were hanging out most of the time together."

During that time, Cochran said his teammate and Stanford commit Shittu wasn't shy about selling the Cardinal on the other recruits in attendance.

"He's like their main recruiter," Cochran said. "You'll hear that a lot from other players that Aziz is a better recruiter than the Stanford coaches are. I get an earful every day about coming to Stanford."

And while Cochran doesn't hold an offer from Stanford at this time, the Cardinal are certainly interested in the 6-foot-4, 340-pound prospect. They just want a bit more evidence that Cochran is, in fact, the type of elite offensive lineman that warrants an offer in what's shaping up to be an excellent year for offensive line talent, particularly on the West Coast.

"I think what they're really looking for is just for me to show it," Cochran said. "When you're dealing with somebody that's 340 pounds you really have to be meticulous about their game. I completely understand because that's how it is for most of these other schools also. So they're waiting to see me in-person, see me on the field moving around, see if I can actually prove to them the speed that I say I have."

If Stanford does come through with an offer, like five Pac-12 schools already have, Cochran said he would give the Cardinal a hard look.

"I would have a lot of high interest in them," Cochran said. "It's something my family is interested in and that's one thing I'm big on, if my family likes you, you're probably going to have me liking you. When I went down there, they definitely won over my parents."

Cochran said he's open to the idea of participating in one of Stanford's summer camps to further showcase his skills.

"I'm thinking about it, because they're not far away and if I wanted to and if they said that would be the camp to get the offer from them, I would probably go and make an appearance there," Cochran said.

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