Farrand Talks Upcoming Season and Maryland

2011 Maryland commitment Cole Farrand is preparing for a big high school season.

Linebacker Cole Farrand is already a big kid, especially for a rising senior in high school. But, the committed Maryland talent, currently about 6-foot-3 and 230 pounds, said he wants to get bigger before his senior season.

“I’m hoping to get up to 240 (pounds) before the season starts,” Farrand said. “I’m making sure I have a steady weight training schedule. I’m working on my speed, making sure I eat right and trying to get a little bigger, but also faster.”

The planned weight gain will put him just five pounds below the weight of the player Farrand said he is keeping a very close eye on: Maryland’s senior linebacker Alex Wujciak.

“I definitely think Alex Wujciak is someone to watch,” Farrand said. “He’s from where I live in Jersey. I watched him play against my brother, even. He’s an interesting player to watch and get a few pointers off of.”

Wujciak finished second in the ACC last year in tackles with 131 behind Boston College’s Luke Kuechly’s 158 takedowns.

“I met him once when I went up and visited College Park,” Farrand said. “He was definitely a good kid helping me out and telling me how everything is in College Park.”

While working on his bulk and speed, Farrand said he talks just about every week with Maryland recruiting coordinator and defensive line coach Dave Sallazzo.

“I ask him how the team’s doing at camp and everything and he’ll ask how my team’s doing,” Farrand said.

The linebacker said the connection he has with Maryland’s coaches built the foundation for his choice to commit to the Terps.

“The thing I like most about them is that they seemed to like me,” he said. “I felt really comfortable in College Park. It was real nice and I enjoyed it a lot.”

Farrand’s current focus is on his high school team, the Lions out of Pope John XXIII High School in Sparta, N.J. The Lions went 9-2 last season, losing in the state semifinals. Farrand said his team will not be satisfied with anything less than a state title this time around.

“We pretty much have the same team coming back this year. We’re only losing three seniors that started last year,” Farrand said. “Everyone’s just hungrier to win after we got a little taste of it last year.”

Farrand’s development as a leader on his high school team should provide him with a good place to start as he transforms into the player he wants to be at Maryland.

“I definitely want to be one of those kids that other kids can look up to and one also does great things on the field,” he said.

This season, Farrand said he will be in attendance as Maryland plays Navy at M&T Bank Stadium Sept. 6, adding to the already high level of excitement he has about playing ACC football.

“It’s going to be amazing travelling around up the eastern seaboard. It’s really a powerhouse conference.”

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