Cochran Taking a Look at the Huskies

One of the biggest, literally, offensive line prospects on the west coast is giving Washington a long look at Buhach Colony (Atwater, Ca.) OL Matt Cochran plans to be in Seattle later this month to take in a day of Washington's spring practice...

"Things have been going really good," Cochran noted. "I've got my offer from Washington State and Washington is close to offering me. I get a letters from them all the time and I've gotten to know coach (Jeff) Mills really well.

"I'll actually be up there to visit Washington in a couple of weeks (April 26th) with my teammate Aziz Shittu.

"We are going to sorta make a road trip out of it. We're going to visit Oregon, Oregon State and Washington State too while we're up there."

Cochran said that he's got family in the Seattle area, so that helps matters.

"I've only been up there a once or twice, and it was when I was real young, so it will be cool to see things now that I'm a little older," Cochran noted. "I want to meet with the coaches, get to know coach (Dan) Cozzetto a little better and I also want to see them practice and what their program is all about."

Cochran plays center for the Thunder and he said most schools want him as an interior player.

"One of the things that I will be looking at when I make my decision is 'can I play my position?'," Cochran acknowledged. "That's important to me. I'm 340 now, but I'm planning to lose a little and be down around 320 or so and I know when I get to college, they will work with me on my diet and lifting and stuff.

"It's also important what the coaching philosophy is. Do they run or do they pass more? Do they like to be aggressive? Stuff like that. I'm probably a better pass-blocker than I am as a run-blocker right now, but I can do both pretty well, so I want to see if I fit into their philosophy of the type of football they play.

"And last, I want to make sure I can find a church locally where I can grow spiritually. My dad is a pastor and that's a big part of my life, so I want to see what the churches are like in the area where I'm going to end up."

Cochran said schools like USC, Fresno State, Boise State, San Jose State, UCLA, Arizona, Arizona State and Colorado have all made contact with him and he'll also try and get to those schools as well during the summer.

"Ultimately, I'd like to make my decision before my senior season," Cochran said. "Things could change and I might wait, but I've talked to my dad about this a lot and we both think it is probably best that I make my decision before my senior season so I can concentrate on my team and my schoolwork."

We'll have more from Cochran after he returns from his recruiting trip to the Northwest later this month.

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