OT Cochran Recaps Notre Dame Visit

Buhach Colony High (Atwater, Calif.) offensive tackle Aaron Cochran spent Wednesday on Notre Dame's campus, and afterward he spoke to IrishEyes.com about the visit.

Aaron Cochran headed to Notre Dame's campus Wednesday knowing the Irish already had four offensive linemen committed for the 2013 class.

The 6-foot-8, 350-pound Buhach Colony High (Atwater, Calif.) offensive tackle capped an 11-hour visit to Notre Dame knowing there was still a slot remaining for him.

"They said if I was to commit, it would be ok," Cochran said. "They said there's no limit on how many people they're going to take. It means they're still thinking about me even though they already have a lot of linemen committed. It shows that I'm still important to them."

Cochran's day began with his 8 a.m. arrival to campus, and a quick walk to practice.

"I didn't catch the meetings but I caught the whole practice," he said. "They were really intense. After that, coach Kelly took us on a tour of the facilities; the football buildings, their indoor field and then they took us on a campus tour.

"I talked to an academic advisor. I talked about courses and what study hall and tutoring looked like, and then I went back to the football building and had a bunch of meetings with the offensive coordinator (Chuck Martin), (offensive) coach (Harry) Hiestand and (assistant) coach (Mike) Denbrock."

After practice, Cochran toured the Notre Dame campus.

"They said I came on a perfect day," he said. "There were no clouds. It was windy and cold, but the campus is really nice and open. I really like that. Everything is kind of close to each other."

Despite the practice, the beauty of the campus and the academic presentations, it was a poignant conversation with coach Brian Kelly that continued ringing in Cochran's mind after the visit.

"His philosophy in coaching in how he's trying to build his players, physically, mentally, intellectually, spiritually, … that is what really stood out to me, more than anything else," Cochran said. "He expects so much from his players because he just wants them to succeed.

"If Notre Dame isn't the place for you, he'll let you go. It's not about yourself you think about, it's about everyone else surrounding you. That's the mentality he wants his players to have."

Cochran began his midwest swing with a visit to Wisconsin and he will conclude it with a Friday trip to Purdue. He said he does not have a favorite.

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