"Mississippi State wanted me to come to their camp, but I wasn't able to because of summer obligations at school," said Cochran, who is putting in extra work in the classroom. "The head coach at SMU, June Jones, wanted me to come to their camp, and so did Coach (Brandon) Middleton at Houston. Mississippi State is showing the most interest. I talk to Coach (Greg) Knox on Facebook. I don't know anything about SMU yet. I haven't talked to their coaches."
"Luke is real fast and real smart," Cochran said. "He runs a 4.5 at 6-foot-3 and 210 pounds. Luke really started doing good in week six last year when his brother - who is in the military - came home to watch him play."
Cochran says he hopes to get a Tulane offer so he can possibly further his career with the Green Wave. '12 RB Lazedrick Thompson from St. Charles Catholic signed with Tulane in February.
"We have two young running backs coming up - Erron Lewis (sophomore) and Eric Lewis (freshman) - they're brothers," Cochran said. "Erron could be the best ever running back from our school."
That's lofty praise, considering that the Comets have produced backs such as Tyrell Fenroy and Thompson.
"They're awesome backs," he said of the Lewis brothers, who transferred to SCC from Lutcher a couple of years ago. "Coach (Frank) Monica says we could have our best defense ever, too."
Cochran singled out defensive backs Sam McMahon, Conner Western and Jordan Favorite as players to watch. McMahon will be a senior this year, while Western and Favorite are entering their junior years.
The Comets have a preseason scrimmage coming up in August vs. University Lab, a Class 2A power that finished 12-1 in 2011. U-High, as the Cubs are known, features all-world '15 RB Nicholas Brossette and star '14 OL Garrett Brumfield.
"I can't wait for that scrimmage," Cochran said. "Not many people can run on us."
Not many people ran or passed with any success against St. Charles Catholic in 2011. The Comets blanked six opponents, including four consecutive shutouts in weeks seven through ten.
In week seven, Cochran and his teammates shut down a Port Allen (48-0) team that went 10-3 and featured four-star prospect Darian Claiborne at quarterback.
In the second round of the playoffs, the Comets handled our preseason No. 1 in Class 3A, the Patterson Lumberjacks, by a 31-6 margin.
That Patterson offense included three-star WR Jaydrick Declouet (Louisiana Tech signee), three-star prospect (WR/RB/CB) Trevon Stewart (Houston), four-star (RB/LB) Lorenzo Phillips (LSU), three-star tight end Deondre Skinner (Arkansas commit) and QB Justice Jones (Texas Southern signee). In the state finals, St. Charles nipped Amite, 9-8.
Only two foes managed to put double-digits on the scoreboard vs. the Comets' stifling defense: Rayne and Parkview Baptist.
The Comets bounced Rayne in the quarterfinals (52-24) and Parkview -- the 2010 state champ -- in the semis (24-21).
Cochran blocked a punt in the state championship game that set up his team's sole touchdown. He registered 90 solo tackles on the year.