Vanderbilt commit Devin Cochran is a man of many talents.
In addition to being a 3-star offensive lineman committed to an SEC school, Cochran also knows his way around a couple of musical instruments.
“I’ve played the piano for the last nine years, and then from fifth grade to about tenth grade I played the upright bass,” Cochran told SEC Country.
The 6-foot-7, 305-pound senior continues to play recreationally at home, but for a time music was a big part of his life.
“I was in orchestra from essentially fifth to tenth grade. I also played in Church orchestra.”
Having many talents will certainly come in handy at Vanderbilt, and the Norcross, Ga., native is prepared as far as academics.
The Greater Atlanta Christian School standout described his current academic environment as “rigorous,” and was very high on Vanderbilt because of its academic reputation in the SEC.
Here’s five other interesting things to know about Cochran:
1) Has several pre-game rituals: “First off, I have to eat before (the game) and then I have to take a nap; that’s the most important thing. But then I also have a necklace that I wear that I lost the cross for. Like there was a cross on it and I lost it in a game I think my sophomore year before I started. So every single game that I’ve started ever since I’ve worn that exact same necklace without a cross just looking for the cross on the field.”
2) Wants one thing for Christmas: “I think the main thing I want for Christmas is a (state championship) ring from the football team.”
3) Had an interesting recruiting trip to Vandy: “We went to get something to eat. It was with all the other players and we had ordered some food in advance at whatever restaurant it was. But we walk in and there was a huge line, so even though we already ordered it over the phone, one of the people in line got angry at us because we were just a bunch of huge football players cutting (in front of) everybody. Some guy walked up to me, he cursed me out and asked me ‘If I was a football player, am I allowed to cut everybody? Do I have special rights or something?’ And that just kind of caught me off guard because we weren’t really cutting; we had just ordered the food already.”
4) Hasn’t seen Vanderbilt play this year in person: “The official is somewhere in the end of January. All of their recruits go at the same time. I took an unofficial this summer. I haven’t been to any of the games. I wanna go this week to Texas A&M.”
5) Had a tough junior year: “Last season, I fractured my tibia and a growth plate in my ankle and that was the end of my junior season. Then the next week, I totaled my truck. So basically, that whole period of time I had to realize that things will get better eventually. I had to continue getting good grades, I had to continue trying really hard in the classroom, and I had to watch people on the football field when I wasn’t allowed to play.”