Catching Up With Maryland Commit Cole Farrand

Incoming linebacker Cole Farrand dishes on last few months.

Just as the Maryland Terrapins blazed out of the gates to a 4-1 start, linebacker and Maryland commit Cole Farrand’s high school team roared out to a 4-0 start of its own.

“It’s been going great. We’re 4-0 right now and we’re playing great football,” Farrand, senior, said. “We’re working really hard to accomplish the main goal of winning state.”

As he balances his current obligation to Pope John XXIII High School (Sparta, N.J.), he has continued his contact with Maryland coaches to prepare for next season. He still speaks with his recruiting coordinator and the Terrapins’ defensive line coach Dave Sallazzo regularly. Recently, Farrand got the opportunity to speak with Head Coach Ralph Friedgen.

“I didn’t know I was going to get the opportunity,” Farrand said. “He definitely knows what he’s talking about and it shows with Maryland’s 4-1 record this season. It’s cool talking to a very well-known Division I coach and getting the chance to play for him next year.”

The Terrapin commit got the opportunity to see his future team in action Sept. 6 as he made the trip from New Jersey to watch Maryland defeat Navy to open the 2010 campaign. Maryland shocked the Midshipmen with a late defensive stop and came out on top, 17-14.

“That was a fantastic game to come down and see with the goal line stands and the fans going wild,” Farrand said. “It was a great experience.”

As he watched the game unfold, Farrand was able to speak with another Maryland commit in Evan Mulrooney, a center out of Salesianum School in Wilmington, Del.

“He seems like a great kid,” Farrand said. “We were getting along pretty well.”

Farrand said he has paid close attention to the outcome of every Maryland game this season, and that he is impressed with their performance midway through the season.

“I think the Terps are doing great so far and they’re off to a great start,” he said. “They’re playing very well together as a whole.”

In preparation for his freshman year of football with the team he has been watching, Farrand said he has continued to put in extra work to increase his strength for next year.

“I’m tyring to do a little bit of work everyday after practice to be in shape next season playing for Maryland,” he said.

Farrand plans on making his official visit to Maryland in early December.

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