Cole Gets First Contact With Maryland

2011 prospect has started hearing from the Maryland Terrapins in addition to Duke and Temple.

Despite being a local product, Sherwood High School (Olney, MD) athlete Alex Cole had not heard from the Maryland Terrapins about possibly playing in College Park after his high school career. However, this past week, the 5'10,'' 170 pounder received his first email from the Terps coaching staff. Cole, who is also being recruited by Temple and Duke, was slightly surprised to find an email from Maryland after not hearing from them in the first three years of his high school football career.

“I was kind of looking at (University of Maryland) because it's in-state and what not, but I wasn't really expecting them to talk to me,” said Cole.

If the Terps keep up their interest, they seem to have some advantages in this recruiting battle. Cole is looking to stay close to home. In addition, Cole is weighing the reputations of the schools recruiting him. In this case the Terps have an advantage over Duke and Temple in football.

“I'm looking at location, definitely program prestige, and I really want to find a school that wants me as much as I want to go there,” Cole said. “If any of those schools offer, it's going to be a tough decision. Being that I'm from down South, I like the heat.”

As his recruitment heats up, Cole is planning on taking his first official visit on Saturday (March 27th) to Duke University. Cole will attend the Duke Football Spring Game during his visit. However, even with the limited amount of communication between him and Maryland, the Terps figure to be a major competitor for Cole's services at the collegiate level should they continue to be in touch with Cole. Maryland's location and prestige advantages could pay major dividends at the end of Cole's recruiting battle.

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