Cochran commits to Cal

OL Aaron Cochran

In what was a much closer race than a lot of people knew, Atwater (Calif.) Buhach Colony offensive lineman Aaron Cochran decided to stay close to home and has committed to Cal.

With his older brother Matt a current freshman at California and his familiarity with the Bear program, it always seemed like a done deal that Aaron Cochran would end up at Cal. Cochran said at one point, he was leaning strongly towards leaving the West.

"I was all set to go to Oklahoma," Cochran said. "I even told Matt that, I just didn't feel comfortable with the old coaching staff. I loved coach Arroyo and we really bonded well but I didn't feel as comfortable the rest of the coaches and had some questions about the way things were going there.

"I had a great visit to Oklahoma and really felt like that was the place for me. Then the new staff came in at Cal and I immediately felt a connection there. Then with all the other benefits at Cal like the proximity to home, the academics and the alumni support, I decided I wanted to be a Bear but it was a really tough decision."

Cochran said he started to lean towards Cal about two weeks ago and told Coach Dykes he was coming this past Sunday while on his official visit.

"I wanted to call the other coaches from the other programs that were recruiting me before I made it public," Cochran said. "I felt like that was the right thing to do and I owed them that much respect.

"Right now, I can't even tell you how relieved I feel. This process was pretty stressful for me and to have the decision out of the way right now, I really feel good. Cal is a great school and my whole family is excited for me. I like the new coaches a lot, the offense, and I know the talent on the roster and how good those players are. They have some really good young players on the roster and I think Cal can make a pretty quick turn around in the next year or two."

In addition to Cal and Oklahoma, Cochran also took official visits to Arizona and Nebraska. He took several unofficial visits in the summer including Wisconsin, Notre Dame, Northwestern and Purdue. He participated in the Semper Fi All-American Bowl and will play tackle for the Bears.

Greg Biggins has been covering recruiting for over 15 years, covering the West since the mid-1990's and currently serves as a national analyst for Scout.com/FOXSportsNext.
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