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Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Four-star OT Cochran delaying decision

By Bob Przybylo

The plan was for four-star offensive tackle Aaron Cochran (Atwater, Calif./Buhach) to make his decision at the Semper Fidelis All-American game.

But with the game looming later this week, Cochran is in no position to make that call. Instead of trying to force a decision, Cochran is opting to delay the decision.

“I’m going to wait, there’s no doubt about that,” Cochran said. “I’m not going to put a date on it. It’s going to be whenever I feel like it.”

Cochran is 6-foot-8 and 364 pounds and is ranked the No. 22 offensive tackle. He has made official visits to Nebraska, Arizona and Oklahoma and said California and Fresno State are among his other favorites.

The natural assumption is Cochran is going to join his brother, Matt, who just finished his freshman season with the Bears. But because of the Cal coaching changes, Matt isn’t really in a position to give Aaron any guidance.

“He still has a lot of questions about how everything is going to go himself,” Cochran said. “But the whole time he has wanted me to do my own thing.”

The biggest hiccup to Cochran’s original commitment date is the fact he hasn’t had any interaction with Cal coach Sonny Dykes or the staff he is going to bring in.

That’s not a problem at OU as Cochran has had several great conversations with OU coaches Bob Stoops and Bruce Kittle. The coaches made a visit to Cochran’s school earlier this month, and Cochran said it was a very positive experience.

OU’s winning tradition and history of sending offensive linemen to the NFL has kept it in the race. But in the end, it’s going to be education that sways things for Cochran.

“You get to a campus, and it will be pretty much the same,” Cochran said. “There is going to be 100 yards of grass. It’s going to be a big stadium. But the education is different.

“On my visits, I’ve been spending a lot of time with the academic advisors, and that’s who my parents have had the most questions about.”

Cochran made an unofficial visit to UCLA in September but said the Bruins are unlikely to get an official visit. Cochran said he wants to take his other two official visits, but he is unsure whether or not they will be to Fresno State and Cal or other schools.

“Right now I’m focused on the Semper Fi game. It’s a great opportunity, and I hope to be able to show people what I can do,” Cochran said.