Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Q&A: California OT Aaron Cochran
By Bob Przybylo
It became obvious that offensive tackle was going to be a position the Oklahoma coaching staff attacked hard during the spring evaluation period. The Sooners made seven early offers and ]five of those tackles committed to other schools. OU has not been bashful in the last five weeks as tackles coach Bruce Kittle has offered several quality prospects.
But none bigger than Aaron Cochran (Atwater, Calif./Buhach). The 6-foot-7, 345 pound Cochran is a four-star prospect ranked No. 12 at the position.
Cochran’s older brother, Matt, signed with California for the 2012 class. The Bears are one of several top offers for Cochran and the Sooners officially joined that list Monday.
SoonerNation: How surprised were you at getting the OU offer?
Aaron Cochran: I wouldn’t say I was surprised, but I was really happy about it. It’s a team that I know is really good at football, and I’ve hit it off with Coach Kittle.
SN: In your limited interaction with Kittle, what have you liked so much?
Cochran: He knows a lot about the position, which is a big plus. He seems like somebody I could get real comfortable with. He’s watched me work out two times. And after the second time is when he called and made the offer.
SN: OU has attacked the California area hard in the last couple of seasons. But what do you know about the program?
Cochran: Not much. I do know they’ve had a top-rated program for just about every year I’ve cared about college football. Not a lot of teams have that type of winning tradition.
SN: With your brother signing with California, how much does that play a role into everything?
Cochran: I can’t help but think about it. It would be nice to play with him, but I have to do what is best for me. I have family all over the country so distance isn’t going to play a big factor at all in my decision.
SN: OK, you are listed at 6-7 and 345. That was last season. What are you at right now?
Cochran: Right now I’m 6-8 and 360 pounds. I know some people are scared I might be getting too big, but I like showing every coach that comes in how athletic I really am.
SN: You have a lot of quality offers already. Do you have a list of favorites or a timetable for your decision?
Cochran: No, I don’t have a list of favorites at this point. It’s too early for that. I’m going to make my decision after I take my official visits. I’m not going to rush into anything.
SN: You just completed all the spring games. How many were you able to attend?
Cochran: I was actually only able to see the Cal game. I had a good time. I definitely like the school. But like I said, I’m going to take my time.