New Jersey linebacker Cole Farrand recently made his college decision and in the end the decisive factor was the relationship he had with the coaches at the school he chose.
Maryland offered the 6-foot-2, 233-pound prospect from Sparta (N.J.) Pope John XXIII about three months ago, and late last week the Terrapins picked up a verbal commitment from the talented junior.
"I committed on Friday, I think," Farrand said. "The offer came in a while before then. The big thing was definitely the coaches commitment to me. When I went there it really seemed like they really, really wanted me.
"I got special treatment down there. I was walking around with the defensive coordinator while other guys were walking around in groups. The coaching staff down there is really great. I really enjoyed it a lot."
The campus and its surroundings was also a plus for Farrand.
"I really enjoyed the campus a lot. It's not too big and not too small. It's the kind of campus you'd expect to see at a place like Bucknell. It was really nice."
While Farrand is excited about his future with the Terrapins he would not rule out future visits to other schools.
Prior to committing to Maryland, Farrand had attracted interest from Rutgers, Penn State, Boston College, and to a lesser extent, UConn. He had taken visits to all four of those schools as well.