Is There a Change in Cohen's Status?

Jared Cohen

McDonogh (Owings Mills, Md.) offensive lineman Jared Cohen made a quick decision when he committed to Maryland early in his recruitment. The lineman is reopening his commitment and talks about why with Fox Sports and Scout.com.

When McDonogh (Owings Mills, Md.) offensive lineman Jared Cohen received his first offer from his hometown school—Maryland— he quickly committed without a second thought.

However, a college decision is hardly one to take lightly.

In the early stages of Cohen's recruiting process, there was another school that stood out along with Maryland, and that was Penn State. The Eagles lineman was recruited by the Nittany Lions early on, but didn't officially pick up an offer until two weeks ago.

"(Defensive line coach) Larry Johnson and (coach) Bill O'Brien came down and it was a pretty brief, general conversation," Cohen said. "Maryland and Penn State were always my top two schools. I really liked it up there when I went up there."

When the Nittany Lions offered, Cohen wanted to be sure he still felt 100 percent about his commitment to the Terps. The only way he could be sure was to see for himself by taking an official visit to Penn State. However, due to Maryland's policy Cohen had to decommit to take an official visit to State College, Pa.

"I wanted to stay committed and take one official to PSU just to make sure I'm making the right choice," Cohen said. "This is a really, really important decision and not something I take lightly. But I could only take an official there if I decommitted. Good news is that my scholarship is still there.

Cohen added: "I had to do this for me."

The 6-foot-4, 290-pounder visited State College several times when he was younger. However, he never examined the campus and program as a prospective student-athlete.

"I've been to a camp, a junior day when I was a sophomore, and a blue and white game," Cohen said. "I really liked their campus when I visited."

Cohen will be looking for a few specifics when takes his official visit to Penn State the weekend of Jan. 24.

"I want to overall see what the business school there has to offer and how I bond with the players on the team," Cohen said.

However, the visit does not necessarily mean he's a Nittany Lion lock. Cohen still harbors strong feelings for his hometown team and is not ruling out the possibility of recommitting to the Terps.

"I do feel the same way about Maryland" he said. "I just needed to be 100 percent sure I'm going to the right school for the next four or five years. This is the first life decision I have to make and I want to make sure I make the right decision."

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