Greater Atlanta Christian will finish its season with their best record in school history. Right tackle Devin Cochran has played a key role in the Spartans’ success. Devin is a big boy standing at 6-foot-7 and weighing 285 pounds. Aside from Cochran’s size, Devin believes that he is a good athlete with deceptive quickness. Though he has not garnered any offers just yet, Duke, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest and Vanderbilt have all been in contact.
Devin does a great job of understanding his role and assignments. He likes playing on the offensive line because linemen don’t get noticed as much, but if the line doesn’t block the team can’t win. The line helps create opportunities for success for the quarterback and running backs. Devin’s favorite part of playing on the line is when he is able to pancake a defender.
While playing on the offensive line, there are many different blocking assignments that linemen must know and understand. The smarter the lineman, usually the better the player and Devin is no exception. He maintains a 3.9 GPA and is on the Honor Roll. He is an active participant in the Beta Club at school and says he would like to study either finance or engineering in school. Devin has always had a strong interest in aeronautical engineering and actually has flown a small plane before; something many people let alone high school students cannot say they’ve done. He also has done service work in high school shipping books to Africa back in the ninth grade. Being able to give back helps Devin “realize how blessed you are”. An interesting fact about Devin is that he played upright bass at GAC and was first chair. He had played bass since fifth grade and attributes his love for music from his mom who used to live in Hollywood and was a part of a band.
His favorite football memory came at the beginning of this season when GAC beat Benedictine 24-21 to open the season; they now face one another in the state championship. When asked about the opportunity to win state and complete a perfect 15-0 regular season, Devin explained that “it’s an honor” and that he and his teammates love the opportunity to make history. He thanks his coaching staff and his father for helping him develop into the player he is today.