Boston High School: Masuk (Conn.)

New England Roundup: Connecticut

December, 31, 2011
12/31/11
3:45
PM ET
Masuk High School quarterback Casey Cochran made it official Thursday when he signed a national letter of intent to play football at the University of Connecticut.

Cochran, Connecticut's Gatorade Player of the Year in 2010 and 2011, gave a verbal commitment to Connecticut in August, and said it's a honor to be able to play college football in his home state.

“Not that many college players get to stay at home and play for the state school,” Cochran said. “I believe Coach Pasqualoni (Connecticut coach Paul 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.”

Cochran completed his high school career as Connecticut's career leader in passing yards, completions and passing touchdowns. He is scheduled to graduate from Masuk in early January and will begin college classes on Jan. 17.

His early enrollment will allow Cochran to participate in spring practice.

Cochran chose Connecticut over several Ivy League schools. His first scholarship offer came from Boston College, but BC pulled that offer last year after it changed offensive coordinators.

Cochran's father Jack has coached high school football at Bloomfield, New Britain and New London. He guided his teams to 14 state championship games and won eight state titles during his 16-year coaching career.

He coached Casey during his freshman season at New London. Casey transferred to Masuk for his final three years of high school.

“UConn became a very good option for him once Pasqualoni took over,” Jack said. “We have a relationship that goes back to his days as the coach at Syracuse. I think Casey felt very comfortable with his decision. Looking forward to watching him play in college.”

STAR POWER

Cochran was one of 26 players named to the 2011 Connecticut High School Coaches' Association All-Star Football Team. Here is the complete team:

OFFENSE
QB — CASEY COCHRAN, Masuk
WR — AARON BERARDINO, Windsor
WR — NICK VITALE, Hand
WR — THOMAS MILONE, Masuk
RB — ARKEEL NEWSOME, Ansonia
RB — MIKE MASTROIANNI, Xavier
RB — ALEX MANWARING, Ledyard
RB — BRENDAN LYTTON, Torrington
RB — KYLE McKINNON, New London
RB — DAVE DiGIORGI, Holy Cross
OL — AUSTIN WEZENSKI, Xavier
OL — DYLAN VANO, Ansonia
OL — RENNICK BRYAN, Hillhouse


DEFENSE
DL — SEAN MARINAN, Xavier
DL — JOE DeMICHELE, Hand
DL — LUDOVIC RICHARDSON, Notre Dame-West Haven
DL — COLE ORMSBY, Windsor
LB – TYLER WOOD, Ansonia
LB — SHANE NASTAHOWSKI, Greenwich
LB — AUSTIN CALITRO, Danbury
LB — KEVIN McDONOUGH, New Canaan
LB — MARK ZURLIS, North Haven
DB — DELSHAWN WILSON, Norwalk
DB — RYAN MURPHY, Xavier
DB — TOMMY UNDERCUFFLER, Berlin
DB — RYAN JACOBUCCI, Xavier


NEW LONDON'S STREAK HALTED

Richard Bronson scored a team-high 21 points to lead the Hillhouse boys basketball team to a 64-61 triumph over New London in the Doc Hurley Classic at Weaver High School.

The loss ended New London's 28-game winning streak. The Whalers were 27-0 last season, when they won the Class L title.

Providence-bound guard Kris Dunn scored 26 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in the loss.

New London led 49-45 entering the fourth quarter, but missed seven of its nine free throw attempts in the final eight minutes. The Whalers missed 15 of 36 free throw attempts in the game.

BROOKFIELD COACH STEPS DOWN

Brookfield girls basketball coach Tom Marks handed in his letter of resignation last week, days after the season began. Marks cited personal reasons.

Lisa Schang has been named Brookfield's interim coach. Brookfield is off to a 1-5 start this season.

Marks has also coached the cross country team at New Milford for the last 15 seasons.

Roger Brown has covered high school sports in New England since 1992. He currently covers high school and college football in the Northeast for ESPN/Scouts Inc.

Cochran is Conn. Gatorade Player of the Year

December, 1, 2011
12/01/11
8:18
AM ET
Casey CochranChristopher Beauchamp/ESPNHSWith 10,000 passing yards and 108 TD passes for his career headed into Saturday's state championship, UConn-bound QB Casey Cochran of Masuk was named Connecticut's Gatorade Player of the Year this morning.


In its 27th year of honoring the nation’s best high school athletes,, The Gatorade Company, in collaboration with ESPNHS, today announced Casey Cochran of Masuk High School as its 2011-12 Gatorade Connecticut Football Player of the Year. Cochran is the first Gatorade Connecticut Football Player of the Year to be chosen from Masuk High School.

The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field, distinguishes Cochran as Connecticut’s best high school football player. Now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Football Player of the Year award announced in December, Cochran joins an elite alumni association of past state award-winners in 12 sports, including Mark Sanchez (2004-05, Mission Viejo HS, Calif.), Wes Welker (1999-00, Heritage Hall HS, Okla.), Terrell Suggs (1999-00, Hamilton HS, Ariz.), Anquan Boldin (1998-99, Pahokee HS, Fla.) and Jerome Bettis (1989-90, Mackenzie HS, Mich.).

The state’s returning Gatorade Football Player of the Year, the 6-foot-2, 205-pound senior quarterback led the Panthers to an 11-0 record and a berth in the Class L state semifinals against Hand High, scheduled for Dec. 3. Cochran passed for 2,801 yards and 36 touchdowns through 11 games, completing 119-of-167 attempts while throwing just four interceptions. He also rushed for four touchdowns. Cochran won a Class SS state title with New London High as a freshman in 2008 and with Masuk in 2010. He is the state’s career leader in two categories with 10,501 yards passing and 108 touchdowns.

Cochran has maintained a 3.92 GPA in the classroom. The winner of the Masuk High Book Award for Introduction to Engineering and Algebra I and Geometry, he has volunteered locally at area food banks for the needy, as a youth football coach and as a peer tutor.

“It’s scary how someone can be that accurate,” said Joe Lato, head coach of rival Weston High. “It’s unbelievable what Casey Cochran can do. I haven’t seen a high school quarterback like him. He makes everybody look silly.”

Cochran has verbally committed to play football on an athletic scholarship at the University of Connecticut beginning in the fall of 2012.

Cochran joins recent Gatorade Connecticut Football Players of the Year Kevin Pierre-Louis (2009, King Low Heywood Thomas), Mike Osiecki (2008, Seymour) and Alex Thomas (2007, Ansonia) among the state’s list of former award winners.

In Massachusetts, Jonathan DiBiaso of Everett High took home Gatorade Player of the Year honors. Here are the four other winners from New England:

RHODE ISLAND: JOSH MORRIS, LA SALLE

The 5-foot-9, 170-pound junior running back and cornerback led the Rams to a 10-1 record and a berth in the Division I state championship against Bishop Hendricken High, scheduled for Dec. 3. Morris rushed for 1,278 yards and 16 touchdowns on 134 carries through 11 games and caught nine passes for 175 yards and a score. A 2010 First Team All-Division I selection, he is averaging 39.8 yards per kickoff return, with one touchdown, and has recorded two interceptions on defense.

Morris has maintained a B average in the classroom. He has volunteered locally as a youth mentor and football coach and as part of multiple community service initiatives in association with his church community.

“Every game, he’s getting better,” said Geoff Marcone, La Salle Academy’s head coach. “The kid wants to be great in everything that he does. A lot of high school kids say they want to be the best, but very few work to be the best. He’s doing everything he can to make himself better.”

Morris will begin his senior year of high school next fall.

Morris joins recent Gatorade Rhode Island Football Players of the Year Ben Willett (2010, Portsmouth) Mike Read (2009, Barrington), Dave D'Errico (2008, North Kingstown) and Bobby Bentsen (2007, Warwick Veterans) among the state’s list of former award winners.

NEW HAMPSHIRE: JAKE KILEY, NEW HAMPTON

The 6-foot-2, 180-pound senior quarterback, running back and defensive back rushed for 358 yards and 11 touchdowns on 62 carries this past season, leading the Huskies (7-2) to the New England Prep School Athletic Council’s Jack Etter Bowl. A two-time Evergreen League Player of the Year, Kiley also passed for 235 yards and three touchdowns, caught 15 passes for 328 yards and five touchdowns and returned a kickoff for a score. On defense, he recorded 46 tackles and four interceptions, and he averaged 40.3 yards on 16 punt attempts.

Kiley has maintained a B average in the classroom. He has volunteered locally as a New Hampton School campus tour guide, a youth basketball referee and as part of multiple community service initiatives in association with the New Hampton School Service Learning Program.

“I have coached against Jake Kiley for three years and have marveled at his athletic talent each time he steps on the field,” said Ben Rulli, head coach at rival Proctor Academy. “He has progressed throughout the years as one of the most athletic players I have seen. Jake is fast, agile and always a threat to make a big play.”

Kiley has verbally committed to play football on an athletic scholarship at Penn State University beginning in the fall of 2012.

Kiley joins recent Gatorade New Hampshire Football Players of the Year Max Jacques (2009-10, Salem), David Zocco (2008, Nashua South) and Billy Ferriter (2007, Nashua South) among the state’s list of former award winners.

MAINE: LOUIS DiTOMASSO, WELLS

The 6-foot, 180-pound senior linebacker and fullback led the Warriors to a 12-0 record and the Class B state championship this past season. DiTomasso rushed for 1,559 yards and 18 touchdowns on 203 carries. The 2011 Campbell Conference Player of the Year, DiTomasso recorded 133 tackles, forced a fumble, recovered a fumble and blocked a field goal. He ran for 134 yards and a touchdown in the state final win over Leavitt High.

DiTomasso has maintained a B-plus average in the classroom. An avid photographer and artist, he has volunteered locally as a youth football coach.

“Louis DiTomasso has great instincts at linebacker and flies to the play,” said Jeff Guerrette, head coach of rival Westbrook High. “At the point of attack he is extremely physical and consistently delivers the blow.”

DiTomasso remains undecided upon a collegiate destination.

DiTomasso joins recent Gatorade Maine Football Players of the Year Peter Gwilym (2010, Cheverus) Jack Mallis (2009, Windham), Jack Heary (2008, Deering) and Justin Villacci (2007, Gorham) among the state’s list of former award winners.

VERMONT: JAKE STALCUP, BURR & BURTON

The 6-foot-4, 185-pound junior quarterback passed for 2,448 yards and 31 touchdowns this past season, completing 163-of-286 passes while throwing 10 interceptions, leading the Bulldogs (7-4) to the Division 2 state final. A 2011 ESPNHS preseason All-State selection, Stalcup passed for 202 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the Division 2 semifinal win over North Country Union.

Stalcup has maintained a 3.54 GPA in the classroom. He has volunteered locally as a youth football and baseball coach and has assisted in relief efforts for Hurricane Irene flood victims.

“Jake Stalcup has become a first rate quarterback in every sense,” said Burr and Burton Academy head coach Jason Thompson. “Every single week he gave us a chance to win and he will only keep getting better.”

Stalcup will begin his senior year of high school next fall.

Stalcup joins recent Gatorade Vermont Football Players of the Year Christian McCormick (2010, Rice Memorial) Max Librizzi (2009, Essex), Mick Wong (2008, Hartford) and James Durham (2007-08, Spaulding) among the state’s list of former award winners.

Masuk's Casey Cochran still solid with UConn

November, 4, 2011
11/04/11
11:05
AM ET
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.

Brown writes:



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.”




Masuk QB Cochran commits to UConn

August, 7, 2011
8/07/11
9:28
PM ET
Three-star quarterback Casey Cochran, the top-rated recruit in Connecticut, committed to the University of Connecticut on Sunday night.

Cochran led Masuk High School to a 13-0 record and the Class L state championship last season, when he was named Connecticut's Gatorade Player of the Year. He completed 200 of 295 pass attempts for 3,345 yards and 40 touchdowns as a junior

“It felt right,” Cochran said. “It's always been a dream for me to play in my home state for UConn. It wasn't too hard of a decision.”

Cochran, who is on pace to graduate from high school in January, said he was also considering Yale and Princeton. He led New London High School to Connecticut's Class SS championship during his freshman season, and then transferred to Masuk.

Cochran received a verbal offer from UConn last Thursday.

Some clarity on BC and Masuk's Cochran?

June, 24, 2011
6/24/11
11:47
AM ET
ESPN's Roger Brown checks in today on his recruiting blog with Masuk (Conn.) quarterback Casey Cochran, who was offered a scholarship by Boston College a year ago by an coach that has since moved on from the program.

Where the Eagles stand with Cochran -- considered one of New England's top prospects, and an ESPNU 150 Watch List candidate earlier this year -- figure to be made a lot clearer by the end of today.

Brown writes:


Quarterback Casey Cochran (Monroe, Conn./Masuk) will likely find out where he stands with Boston College after he attends the BC camp on Friday.

Cochran received an offer from BC last year, but that offer came from former offensive coordinator Gary Tranquill, who has since retired and been replaced by Kevin Rogers.

"I'm sure a lot will depend on how he performs Friday," Jack Cochran, Casey's father, said.

Cochran led Masuk to a 13-0 record and the Class L state championship last season, when he was named Connecticut's Gatorade Player of the Year. He completed 200 of 295 pass attempts for 3,345 yards and 40 touchdowns.

Cochran, who is on pace to graduate in January of 2012, led New London High School to Connecticut's Class SS championship during his freshman season, and then transferred to Masuk.


For more recruiting updates on New England's top high school football talent, be sure to check out Brown's ESPN blog.

Masuk's Cochran ready for busy summer

May, 27, 2011
5/27/11
4:42
PM ET
ESPN's Roger Brown checks in today on his recruiting blog with Masuk (Conn.) quarterback Casey Cochran, who will be hitting a handful of camps over the next two months in an effort to expand his number of offers.

Boston College is the only school offering the junior right now. In addition to BC's one day camp, he'll be going to UConn, Syracuse, Temple, Harvard, Penn, Princeton and Yale. Brown writes:


"The biggest thing the next two months are camps," Cochran said. "A lot of these schools probably aren't going to offer until they see me in person. BC came to my school recently and I receive letters from them every week, so the communication from them remains good.

"Besides BC I'd say Connecticut, Yale, Princeton and Penn, as well as Iowa and Temple, are the schools showing the most interest."

Cochran, who is scheduled to graduate from high school in January, led Masuk to a 13-0 record and Connecticut's Class L state championship last season. He completed 200 of 295 pass attempts for 3,345 yards and 40 touchdowns as a junior, when he was named Connecticut's Gatorade Player of the Year.

Cochran said he is looking at all the Ivy League schools, and has visited Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Princeton and Yale. He has also visited Connecticut, Syracuse, Temple and Villanova. He also said he'd prefer to choose a college before September.

"Hopefully some offers will come after the camps," he said. "That's the assumption."


For more recruiting updates on New England's top high school football talent, be sure to check out Brown's blog.

Five from NE nominated for US Army All-American

May, 11, 2011
5/11/11
12:48
PM ET
Five New Englanders are among the nominees for next year's U.S. Army All-American Bowl, to be played on Jan. 7 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, broadcast nationally on NBC.

Masuk (Conn.) quarterback Casey Cochran and New Hampton (N.H.) quarterback Jake Kiley join three Massachusetts natives on the list of nominees: Worcester Academy athlete Canaan Severin, and Catholic Memorial's Camren Williams and Armani Reeves.

From the list of more than 440 nominees nationally, 90 will ultimately be selected to the game. A full list of nominees can be found here.

New England Top 10 Poll updated

November, 3, 2010
11/03/10
4:41
PM ET
The New England Top 10 has been updated on ESPNBoston.com, and can be found here.

A few notes about the poll:

-- Gloucester and Mansfield are new to the poll this week, with the Fishermen leaping to No. 5 and Mansfield coming in at No. 10. Mansfield is coming off a closely-fought win over North Attleborough that ought to give them the inside track on the Hockomock League title. Meanwhile, the Fish have looked flawless so far headed into this weekend's matchup with Revere.

-- Everett remains No. 1, while Brockton hops up all the way to No. 4 after surviving Leominster last weekend, 37-30. St. John's of Shrewsbury dropped out of the Top 10 following its loss to Xaverian last Saturday in Shrewsbury.

SPONSORED HEADLINES