Tag:Paul Pasqualoni
Posted on: August 17, 2011 9:36 am

Ranking the Big East recruiting classes

Posted by Bryan Fischer

1. Rutgers (Ranked 19th overall by MaxPreps)

There's no "wow" class in the Big East but Rutgers is on top of the rankings with a solid class from top to bottom. Recent pick up Leonte Carroo is a talented wide receiver the program was able to keep close to home.

2. Cincinnati (20th)

This class recently received a bump from a couple of Michigan recruits but the prize is quarterback Bennie Coney out of Florida. Plenty of athletes on both sides of the ball in this class.

3. West Virginia (24th) 

With Dana Holgorsen in charge, it's no surprise to see offensive talent commit to West Virginia. Quarterback Ford Childress has a strong arm and receiver Deontay McManus is an explosive pass catcher.

4. Pitt

Todd Graham has assembled a very good first (full) class and it wouldn't be surprising if he makes some more headway out on the recruiting trail. Quarterback Chad Voytik is the star of this group.

5. Louisville

If there's one school that could take advantage of Miami's troubles, it could be Charlie Strong and Louisville. This is a good group of offensive linemen to build around too.

6. USF

It's not a big class at the moment but it does have great talent and the best bang for buck in the conference. Tyler Cameron is a great fit at quarterback and Sean Price had a breakout summer.

7. UConn

Paul Pasqualoni has put together an under the radar group drawing on some Northeast talent with a few Florida players mixed in. Casey Cochran is a nice local pick up at quarterback

8. Syracuse

This is a bit of a grab-bag class with a little bit of everything from everywhere. The best player might be safety Julian Whigham.

Posted on: August 8, 2011 11:33 am

UConn grabs signal-caller Casey Cochran

Posted by Bryan Fischer

It was only a matter of time before UConn offered Monroe (Conn.) quarterback Casey Cochran just as it would be only matter of time before he would verbally pledge to the in-state school. On Thursday the talented quarterback received an offer from the Huskies and it took just three days before the he pulled the trigger on a commitment.

"After I got the offer, we sat down as a family and talked about it," Cochran told UConnReport.com. "After going to UConn for a camp and going up a few more times, I just had a great feeling after talking to the coaches. I have a great relationship with the coaches. It's also an honor getting an offer from your state school. I see great things for the future of the program."

The 6-foot-1, 200-pounder has preformed well during several summer camps and competitions the past few months. He also held an offer from Boston College and was drawing interest from several other schools but at the end of the day, playing for the local school was just too much to pass up.

"It's definitely an honor," he said. "Not many players get to play for their home state. There is more pride involved with playing for your home state. It's a different feeling."

Cochran threw for 3,340 yards and had 47 total touchdowns last season as a junior. He is the 14th commitment for the Huskies in head coach Paul Pasqualoni's first full recruiting class.
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