Friendship vs. Relationship

So im 14, in highschool, and have a friend that is a boy. I told him that I like him and he told me that he also likes me, but wanted to just stay friends. Recently, he asked me if I still like him, I told him yeah and he said he still likes me too. What do you guys suggest I do about it? I mean we both like each other and know it so why are we just pretending as if we dont.