Cochran: I'm totally confused

BC stalwart remains undecided on college

Sjansen@mercedsunstar.comDecember 12, 2012 

— Buhach Colony senior Aaron Cochran says he's nowhere close to making his college decision.

The 6-foot-8, 350-pound offensive lineman has been busy the past two weeks meeting with college coaches at his home.

Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops came to Atwater on Sunday night and met with Cochran, his parents and the Thunder coaching staff. Fresno State head coach Tim DeRuyter stopped by on Monday.

Coaches from Cal and Nebraska made home visits last week.

"I'm torn between the schools I visited and some of the offers I've had for a long time," Cochran said. "As of right now, I'm totally confused about what I should do."

Cochran has made three official visits to Oklahoma, Nebraska and Arizona. He was able to see Baylor face the Sooners and Michigan play the Cornhuskers during his trips.

Cochran says the coaching change at Cal from Jeff Tedford to Sonny Dykes hasn't affected his decision.

"I think I feel the same about them," said Cochran, whose brother Matt already is at Cal. "I'm not making my decision based on who is coaching me. My decision is based on the school itself."

Cochran says he doesn't have a top five. He's still as undecided as can be.

"I'm still enjoying the process, but as a whole, it's starting to get stressful," Cochran said. "I feel bad for the kids who are in my position who have to pretty much make the decision on their own.

"We're 17- and 18-year-old kids about to make a decision that will affect us for the rest of our lives. It's like some coaches have said, we're not making a four-year decision, we're making a 40-year decision."

Golden Valley principal Costa Aguilar announced this week that Chad Parreira will take over the Cougars boys aquatics program.

Parreira graduated from Atwater High in 1992. He's been involved in swimming and water polo as an athlete or coach at the youth, high school or college level since 1988. He spent last year as an assistant to Bill Gossett with the Golden Valley varsity girls team.

"I'm very excited," Parreira said. "I like the talent we have coming back. I talked with the guys (Tuesday) and I told them I'm excited to get back in the game full time."

Parreira's father, Gary, was a longtime basketball coach at Atwater and big inspiration for Chad.

"I grew up in that environment," Chad said. "I'm a teacher. That coupled with my love of water polo. It was a good match."

Parreira's coaching experience includes three years as Cal Poly San Luis Obispo's men's and women's club teams coach, and two years as an Atwater Stingrays swim coach.

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