ESPN's Roger Brown checks in today on the East Region football recruiting blog with Masuk (Conn.) quarterback Casey Cochran, who remains committed to UConn in spite of the changes and overall uncertainty surrounding the Big East Conference.
“I made a commitment to coach [Paul] Pasqualoni and the UConn football team,” Cochran told Brown. “I trust that the athletic director, the UConn president as well as the Big East commissioner will put UConn and entire Big East in a great position.”
Cochran, the state's reigning Gatorade Player of the Year, has Masuk at 7-0 entering Saturday night's game against Pomperaug. He set the state record for career touchdown passes (102) and career passing yards (9,546) this season, and already owned the Connecticut record for career completions entering 2011.
He said accuracy and his ability to read defenses are his strengths as a quarterback.
“That's what its come down to the past two years – reading coverages and putting the ball where it needs to be,” Cochran said. “Getting my offense out of plays that can't work versus a defense pre-snap and getting it to the right receiver post-snap.”
Cochran's first scholarship offer came from Boston College, but BC pulled that offer after it hired a new offensive coordinator. Cochran considered playing Ivy League football at Yale or Princeton, but said his decision to play at UConn wasn't difficult.
“First of all, it's the home-stat e team,” he said. “It's really an honor to play for your home state. I believe Coach Pasqualoni is a very good coach. I really like the coaching staff and everyone on it. I got closer with them during the offseason, so it was a very easy choice once the [scholarship] offer came.”