The Miami RedHawks potentially got their future anchor on the edge of the defense as defensive end Jalen Cochran is transferring from the Arizona Wildcats to continue his college career in Oxford per Tucson.com.
A three-star recruit out of Canton, Michigan in 2016, Cochran was redshirted last season and did not participate in much of spring practice this season due to “concussion-related issues”. He held offers from Iowa, Iowa State, and Michigan State as well as a number of MAC schools, including Miami.
Cochran has the frame to develop into a quality DE as he comes in at 6’4” and 235 lbs. He doesn’t solve the issues on the edge of Miami’s defense for 2017, but he’ll be a hard guy to beat out in future seasons. The concussions are a concern that Chuck Martin and company have to be proactive with (especially with a lineman), but Cochran could be a gamble that could pay huge dividends in the future.
Judging from his senior highlights on Hudl (which you can see below), Cochran certainly has the skill set to excel as a DE in college. Once he develops a strong upper body and knows how to use his hands to defeat blocks, offensive tackles in the MAC will surely have their hands full with him.