Wisconsin Offer for Cochran?

On his first stop during a three-city, two-day Midwest tour, Buhach Colony (Ca.) HS offensive tackle Aaron Cochran comes away impressed by what the University of Wisconsin has to offer, but did he come away with a scholarship?

MADISON - With an offer list heavy with Pac 12 scholarship offers, Buhach Colony (Ca.) HS offensive tackle Aaron Cochran wanted to use his three-city, two-day Midwest trip to gain some knowledge about what some other schools east of the Rocky Mountains had to offer.

After his first stop, it's evident that Cochran already has been impressed.

Flying in late Monday night, Cochran (6-8, 350 pounds) spent Tuesday morning learning that the University of Wisconsin is known for more than just winning Big Ten championships.

"These past two years, they've had real good seasons," Cochran told Badger Nation. "Football is a tradition (at Wisconsin) and the offensive line at Wisconsin is even more of a tradition. The academics are very important and I learned they are as serious about their academics as they are about their football.

"I really enjoyed the tour and really liked the campus. I liked that they are redoing their facilities. It's a real good program and it was great visit."

With most of the assistant coaches having some time off to coincide with Wisconsin's spring break, Cochran – a three-star recruit ranked the No.42 offensive tackle in the country by Scout.com - was shown around campus by head coach Bret Bielema and linebackers coach Andy Buh, who is Cochran's recruiting contact.

"Coach Buh is a real nice person to talk to," said Cochran. "You could tell where he was coming from because he has been on the West Coast for so long."

When he sat down with Bielema, UW's head coach explained to Cochran that even though the Badgers really like his film, the shortage of scholarships means he wants offensive line coach Mike Markuson to come see the massive tackle in the spring before extending an offer.

"Coach Bielema wants Coach Markuson to offer me," said Cochran. "I got to talk to Coach Markuson on the phone for the first time today, and I am excited to meet with him. I really have high interest in the school."

Cochran has offers from California, Colorado, Notre Dame, UCLA, Washington and Washington State, not to mention interest from Arizona State, Nebraska, Oregon, Stanford and Utah. He's being recruited as a tackle with the ability to play either on the left side or right side, versatility he said he gained by being able to start some games his sophomore season on varsity.

"Getting that experience my sophomore year, I got a better understanding of the offense, what to do and what kind of assignments I have," said Cochran. "That really played a big part in my recruiting, especially being able to start the whole season my junior year."

Cochran will wrap up his visits by seeing Northwestern on Tuesday evening and Notre Dame on Wednesday. The goal for him is to make his decision following some official visits and says he will evaluate his offers toward the end of his season.

"Schools that are showing interest in me, I want to respond my showing interest in them and getting a good look at them," said Cochran. "I want a place where I can feel comfortable."


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