One of the reasons Matt Cochran loved his visit to Cal this weekend was because he got to spend time with some close friends he's made in the 2012 class.
Some of them are either committed to the Golden Bears or strongly considering them and the three-star center from Atwater (Calif.) Buhach said that camaraderie will play some influence in his decision-making process.
"We just had fun in general," Cochran said. "We all kind of know each other from different occasions so when we got to together it was great. We had a lot of fun the whole weekend.
"It was a pretty big influence but I'm still looking and still thinking about things. I'm still going to wait it out a little bit and I'm planning to make my decision in January. Right now it's Cal and Tennessee and I love both of them."
Cochran visited Tennessee last weekend and the 6-foot-4, 340-pound prospect said he absolutely loved the trip, especially hanging out with freshman offensive lineman Antonio Richardson.
At this point in his recruitment, Cochran said it's between Cal and Tennessee but he's still taking his time before making a decision.
"Their offensive line, that group of people, is great," Cochran said of Tennessee.
"The people out there made my visit incredible. I didn't think it was going to be like that when I got out there but it was a lot of fun. I was going out to give coach (Derek) Dooley a look because he offered me a scholarship and I came back much more impressed than I thought I was going to be.
"The history is definitely attractive and they have a freshman, Antonio Richardson, he was my host while I was there. He's like a big brother for me. We have a lot of stuff in common so it was cool to talk to him about high school and college and what his plans are for the future."
The three-star offensive lineman has also visited Auburn and Washington this fall. A trip to Utah is scheduled for January and then Cochran, rated as the third-best center in the 2012 class by Rivals.com, should be ready to make his decision.