2016 Intro: Jalen Cochran

Canton (Mich.) linebacker Jalen Cochran is long, athletic, and primed for a big junior season.

Canton's Jalen Cochran is a junior in Michigan who may not be currently named as a top prospect in the state just yet, but is primed for a breakout season after his first extensive varsity playing time last Fall.

"I had moved up my freshman year for playoffs but for my sophomore year, it was my first full year," he said. "It was more of a faster game. I had to adjust to it. The people were stronger, so I had to try to use my speed against them. I wasn't as big as I am right now."

Cochran played last Fall at 6-foot-3, 190 pounds, but is now up to 6-foot-4, 225 pounds. With his length, athleticism, and now added strength, he is ready for a good season.

"I'm expecting huge things. It's a lot of players who put the hard work in and I think our defense might be at the top of the KLAA conference. I've got high hopes for us and for me, I'm going to go out there play, do my job, and go from there."

As for recruiting, Cochran says he is already hearing from schools like Iowa, Northwestern, Michigan State, Nebraska, Duke, Miami (Fla.), Central Michigan, and Toledo.

He camped at Western Michigan.

"I went to their camp and I think I did pretty good there, but I'm going to try to go to a lot of camps next Summer after my junior year."


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