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January 26, 2014

Cohen closes in on decision

Owings Mills (Md.) McDonogh offensive lineman Jared Cohen has a difficult decision to make.

After backing out of his commitment to Maryland to look at Penn State a few days before Christmas, he's now down to the Terrapins and North Carolina following the coaching change with the Nittany Lions. This weekend, he made the trip down to Chapel Hill, where the Tar Heels and their coaching staff made quite the impression.

"When I first started talking to the North Carolina coaches, I really knew the campus was great and it was a really nice place," Cohen said on Sunday evening. "When I went down there then, it was really nice, just as a I expected. The coaches were great too. I thought they seemed honest and made it clear that they really wanted me.

"So, I have a tough decision to make, but I know I have two great schools to choose between. Overall, I would have to say that the visit went really well. I had a great time."

Like every official visit, Cohen was hosted by two of North Carolina's current players. He noted that they were very helpful when it comes to familiarizing him with everything that surrounds the program and campus.

"I stayed with the two starting guards for North Carolina this season, Caleb Peterson and Landon Turner. Both were great guys. They showed me around and introduced me to a lot of people. I appreciated them going out of their way to help me out and see everything there."

Now that he's done taking official visits, Cohen plans to make a decision at some point in the next few days. As of now, North Carolina still hasn't arranged to visit with Cohen and his family this week, but Maryland is expected to be at the Cohen residence soon.

"I'm pretty sure Maryland is coming to my house on Wednesday (Jan. 29)," he said. "I know they want to introduce me to the new offensive line coach (Greg Studrawa). I'm not exactly sure who's all coming, but I believe they want to introduce me to the new coach."

Each head coach is allowed one in-home visit during this time of the year and Maryland head coach Randy Edsall is yet to make a trip to the Cohen household. He and Keith Dudzinski are the two expected to join Studrawa, but as of now, that's still unconfirmed.

What we do know, however, is that Cohen truly is undecided at the moment and will make his final decision when he's able to talk things over with his family.

"I really have a lot to think about, I really do. I don't like committing when I'm with the coaches because I like to go home and think about it, sleep on it, ya know? I think that either school will be great for me. I know both will allow me the opportunity both on the field and in the classroom, and that's all I can ask for.

"So, I'm going to sleep on some things, talk about it then with my family and then I'll have some kind of a decision this week. I'm really not sure which day or anything like that, but I want to get it over with soon."

Cohen was given a four-star ranking by Rivals.com. He's currently the 14th ranked offensive guard and the 6th ranked prospect in the state of Maryland.

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