Connecticut QB Eyeing Rutgers Junior Day

Casey Cochran

Class of 2012 quarterback Casey Cochran of Masuk High (Monroe, Conn.) already holds one offer, and he is getting his junior day schedule in line. One of those schools to extend an invitation was Rutgers, and he talked about the Scarlet Knights, his recruitment, and where Yale and Harvard stand and much more.

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – It was nearly a month ago, but Masuk High (Monroe, Conn.) quarterback Casey Cochran is still feeling a few things from the Panthers' state title win against New Canaan High.

One is the adulation from the title. Another was the boot his right foot was in after tearing a ligament in the championship game, but it didn't keep him from competing in the ESPN Under Armour underclassman combine this weekend.

The 6-foot, 225-pound Cochrane is getting recruiting by schools primarily in the northeast, holds a verbal offer from Boston College, and could visit Rutgers for junior day Jan. 15.

"I still have to plan out in the next couple of months all the junior days and stuff," Cochran said. "I know I might be going to Rutgers for junior day. I've been getting letters and stuff from then, and a coach."

Boston College is the lone offer, but plenty of other schools are paying attention to him on an athletic and academic level.

He completed 200 of 295 passes for 3,345 yards, 40 touchdowns and seven interceptions, and holds a 3.9 grade point average.

"I'm getting letters from Stanford, N.C. State and a lot of others, and I'm looking at Harvard and Yale," Cochran said. "Those are two amazing schools, very prestigious. That's the thing. If I get accepted there, you can really get accepted anywhere in the country. So I'm trying to get my grades squared away there, and if I'm able to go there then it's an amazing feeling."

In looking for a school, Cochran has an academics-first approach.

"It's going to help you out in life," Cochran said. "Football only takes you so far. I'm a pro-style quarterback, I believe, so I'd like a pro-style team."

Cochran believes his strength is reading coverages, moving inside the pocket and finding open receivers, but his game also needs plenty of work.

"Definitely, speed and then the biggest thing last year …when everything broke down, getting out of the pocket and getting a first down," Cochran said. "Just getting enough speed to get that first down."

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