Jared Cohen certainly had a bumpy recruitment but now that the four-star offensive guard from Owings Mills (Md.) McDonogh has committed to North Carolina he can rest easy. Cohen took an official visit to Chapel Hill last weekend that really sealed the deal for the Tar Heels.
"The visit was absolutely wonderful," said the 6-foot-4, 290-pound Cohen. "It was everything I was expecting. I loved the campus, coaches and players. It was just an overall great visit."
Cohen waited until Tuesday night to announce his decision.
"After taking my visit I wanted to come home think about it," he said. "I wanted to compare North Carolina and Maryland side by side. I figured out that North Carolina is where I want to be. I felt the most comfortable and I could see myself there more than Maryland. It's just the best choice for me right now."
The Tar Heel coaches really impressed Cohen.
"The coaches are obviously very impressive," Cohen said. "Coach Kap is a great recruiter and his track record is very good. He has put a lot of guys into the league in the past couple of years.
"Coach Fedora is a great guy," he said. "I loved and enjoyed talking to him throughout my official. Coach Gilmore is a great guy as well. I felt like it was a short period of time where I got to know them but I feel like I know them pretty well."
Ultimately, Cohen's comfort level with the players had a lot to do with his commitment.
"When I took my visit, the two players I stayed with were Caleb Peterson and Landon Turner," said Cohen. "Those guys were absolutely great. I met a bunch of other guys and they were all very welcoming. They were looking at me as a helpful addition to the team instead of competition that was coming in. Caleb Henderson and Caleb Samuel also contacted me."
Cohen had previously been committed to Maryland but decommitted in December.