The bad news for Oklahoma fans is four-star offensive tackle Aaron Cochran (Atwater, Calif./Buhach) never considered committing to the Sooners during his official visit.
The good news for OU fans is Cochran and his father had such a good time that he wants to come back to Norman, Okla., for an unofficial visit with his mother.
Cochran, who is 6-foot-8 and 350 pounds, is ranked No. 22 at offensive tackle and was one of two tackles on an official visit to OU.
Instead of going home on Sunday, however, Cochran stayed until Monday.
“I didn’t really know much about OU going into the visit,” Cochran said. “I knew about its tradition, but I didn’t know anything about the area so I wanted to stay as long as I could.”
Cochran had a playoff game Friday night so he didn’t arrive at OU until Saturday morning, but he was able to make it in time for OU’s 42-34 victory over Baylor.
“It was a really good atmosphere for the game. It’s a really nice stadium,” Cochran said. “Their fans are crazy and really love the team. That’s something I really liked.”
But it’s not something that only pertains to OU. Cochran went an official visit to Nebraska a couple of weeks ago and said he experienced the same type of response from the Cornhuskers fans.
Cochran has been selected for the Semper Fidelis All-American Game on Jan. 4 in Los Angeles and said that is tentatively when he is going to announce his decision.
With visits to OU and Nebraska in the books, Cochran is looking at a couple of Pac-12 schools as well in California and Arizona. He said he intends to make official visits to both schools.
California is a natural fit because his older brother plays for the Bears. But Cochran said if he doesn’t attend OU, it’s not because of the distance.
“No, I don’t think that’s a problem,” Cochran said. “I have aunts and uncles that live in Houston so it would be nice to be close to them. The town [Atwater, Calif.] wants me to play for Cal, but my brother just wants me to do what’s best.”
And what might be best is OU, especially when it comes to playing time. That topic was one of great importance to Cochran in his talks with OU offensive tackles coach Bruce Kittle.
Cochran didn’t say it would have been a deal-breaker, but he is happy to know OU envisions him playing as a freshman.
“They told me flat out it would be extremely hard. They didn’t sugarcoat anything,” Cochran said. “But they said if I bought into it, OU could make me the best player I can be.”
Cochran went on the visit with his father who had an instant connection with Kittle. Cochran’s father is a pastor and Kittle is a former pastor.
His mother didn’t make the trip, so that’s one reason why Cochran would like to see the campus again.
“This visit went very well,” Cochran said. “I want her to see it. I want her to give her opinion and meet the coaches. I never thought about committing, but I had a great time and want to see things again.”