Cochran Visiting Midwest

Atwater (Calif.) Buhach Colony offensive tackle Aaron Cochran will be visiting Notre Dame while on a Midwest swing next month. He talked about his interest in the Irish, and his knowledge of the program...

The name of Notre Dame carries plenty of weight, and it is the reason Buhach Colony High (Atwater, Calif.) offensive tackle Aaron Cochran is planning a visit to campus.

Cochran said he hasn't spoken much to the Irish staff, but it isn't curtailing his interesting the school.

"There's big interest there," the 6-foot-8, 350-pound Cochran said. "It's the education, first of all, and it's a Catholic University and I'm a Christian. At least I know I'll be able to find a church out there."

Cochran is setting his visit for the first week of April, and it will begin with a trip to Wisconsin.

"I'll fly into Wisconsin and then drive to Notre Dame after that visit," Cochran said. "I'll be (at Notre Dame) April 4. I just want to see what it is like. There is nothing I'm specifically looking for."

Cochran was offered by the Irish last month, and he immediately put the Irish high on his list. He said he only spoke with his recruiting coach, assistant Mike Dembrock, once, and his dealings with offensive line coach Harry Hiestand have been limited.

"I've only talked to (Dembrock) once and he seems pretty cool," Cochran said. "I talked to coach Hiestand when he was at Tennessee recruiting my brother. He also seems pretty cool, but I only talked to him for a brief moment."

Cochran also has limited knowledge of the Notre Dame program.

"It's just a school I've been interested in for a while," he said. "I don't know much about it."

Cochran's brother, Matt, is at California, which is one of the handful of offers Aaron holds. He also was offered by Colorado, UCLA, Washington and Washington State.

And while he plans on making a few spring visits, he doesn't plan on making a decision any time soon.

"It will be close to the end of my football season, after my visits," he said.



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