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If Aaron Cochran's eyes look big and wide, imagine the poor defensive back who is about to take him on.

Perhaps the biggest football recruit in the class of 2013 was landed by Cal this week. And by big, we mean huge.

Aaron Cochran, a 6-foot-8, 350-pound tackle from Buhach Colony (Atwater, Calif.), told Cal coaches he'll be coming to Berkeley, but only after calling his other finalists with the bad news.

Though Cochran is a giant, he's a gentle one evidently. At least off the field.

"(Calling the other coaches) was hard," Cochran told the Modesto Bee. "I didn't want to do it, but I knew I had to. I'm the kind of person who doesn't want to disappoint people … I was surprised that all the other coaches understood and thanked me for being up front with them."

That's probably because many athletes won't be so courteous. Or, even courageous.

Cochran picked the Bears over Oklahoma and Nebraska. He told the Bee he felt a strong and instant bond with new Cal coach Sonny Dykes.

It didn't hurt that his older brother Matthew is already at Cal.

Buhach Colony, by the way, is located less than 20 miles from Turlock, the town that produced 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

Cochran led his team to a 10-3 record and paved the way for 320 rushing yards per game.