Josh Cochran has always been a Longhorn fan. It was the way he was born. So it wasn't a surprise to friends and family when the Hallsville offensive tackle committed on Texas' junior day, shortly after getting an offer.
"It's a big relief to have it all done," said Cochran to LonghornDigest.com on Tuesday night. "The recruiting process was fun for me. Having different coaches come to my school and getting to meet a lot of people. But, it's definitely a big relief to know for sure where you are going and to have that scholarship. Especially to the place where you have always wanted to go."
At 6'6, 280 pounds, the soon to be senior has already added nearly 15 pounds to his frame since committing.
"Give him a couple years of college and he will get up to 320-330 pounds. He has a really nice frame and good flexibility," said Hallsville head coach David Plunk to Scout.com.
While he definitely needs to add weight before he hits college, the extra pounds should help the Bobcats o-line this next season. The anchor for Hallsville, Cochran is hoping he can help lead his team to the postseason after a 3-7 season in 2009.
"I think we only lost two guys on offense and the quarterback is returning, which is always good," said the 2011 Longhorn commitment. "We are in a tough district though, with John Tyler, Whitehouse, and Marshall, but I think we will be able to compete."
Competing is something the Scout.com 3-star offensive tackle likes to do. It's why he participated in the Texas camp two weeks ago when many commitments just watched.
"I love the competition, that is what I'm all about. To get to do 1-on-1s with guys you are going to be practicing against will only make you better," said Cochran. "It was awesome. I had met some of the commitments before, but not all of them. Before the camp, we got to hang out in the players lounge and just talk. It was nice. Especially to be able to hang out with the other o-lineman. We are pretty tight."
With no more camps on the horizon and a summer visit to Austin out of the way, Cochran can focus strictly on his senior season now. The Bobcats find themselves at a disadvantage compared to other 4A schools. Hallsville spring practices were somewhat limited, with no quarterbacks to lead scrimmages or the offense.
"We didn't do spring football because we have three quarterbacks, and all of them play baseball. Our baseball team was pretty good this year and went pretty deep," said Cochran. "We still did drills and everything and I feel that the o-line still got a lot done. We have a lot of guys back and a new o-line coach, so I think there will be some chemistry on the offensive line."