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Cochran still looking at options

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Matt Cochran is still looking at numerous programs in the Pac-12, SEC and other conferences and the Atwater (Calif.) Buhach center said he's still trying to figure out which situation is best.
Stanford is one of the favorites and while Cochran has solid grades the Cardinal coaching staff still wants to see how he does this semester before getting too seriously involved.
Cochran said Stanford will remain one of his top schools and is dedicated to improving his grades so he'll have a better chance to get admitted.
"They were one of the favorites but if I can't get in then I have other options," Cochran said. "They said I could still get in."
Cal, Washington and Utah are definitely high on Cochran's list and he said the Golden Bears' coaching staff really stands out to him. There's a good chance he can take an official visit to Utah sometime in January. Other trips are being figured out as well.
Two SEC programs - Auburn and Alabama - are highly involved as well. The Tigers' coaches continue to come hard after Cochran, rated as the third-best center by Rivals.com, and the 6-foot-4, 340-pound recruit likes them as well.
"Coach (Gene) Chizik said everything is going well and they're recruiting me really hard," Cochran said.
"They definitely have a shot because (offensive line) coach (Jeff) Grimes knows how to recruit. When you get almost the whole coaching staff writing to you every day that sticks in your mind."
Alabama is also of big-time interest but the Crimson Tide has not offered yet. The coaching staff continues to tell Cochran they're interested and so the three-star prospect is waiting a little longer to see what happens with one of the SEC's best programs.
In fact, Cochran said Alabama might be tough to beat if it offers.
"They would be one of the top teams but before I made any decisions I would go through the same process like I do with all the offers to see if it was the right fit," Cochran said.
Rivals.com rates Cochran as the No. 51 prospect in the California state rankings.
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