In December shortly after receiving a scholarship offer from Penn State, Cohen de-committed from Maryland, a school he had been committed to since last February. At that time, the 6-foot-4, 290-pound offensive lineman gave his coaches at Owings Mills (Md.) McDonogh School a list of colleges to send his senior film to. That list included UNC.
"First, I looked at the schools within a short proximity, because I don't want to go cross-country – I wanted to stay in the general vicinity of the east coast," Cohen said. "And what I did was look at all the schools' commitment list, because I didn't want to reach out to a school that already had four O-line commits. At the time I saw that North Carolina had two commits to the O-line."
Almost immediately, Cohen heard back from UNC.
"I got a call from Coach [Keith] Gilmore and they expressed interest," Cohen said. "Shortly after, they showed my film to the O-line coach. He liked what he saw so they offered me a scholarship. It all happened pretty quickly."
Since then, Cohen has been in constant contact with Chris Kapilovic, UNC's offensive line coach.
"I'd say in the past four days alone I've talked to him two times," Cohen said. "He's just been talking to me about how great the school is and how they really want me to get down there to see the campus and basically see the school."
Within a short period of time, Cohen says that he and Kapilovic have built a strong relationship.
"Him and I have connected really well," Cohen said. "He's a really good guy. He's a really good recruiter. And his resume is really good for putting guys in the league. I think they're coming up for an in-home visit in the next couple of weeks."
Although nothing is set in stone, Cohen says the chances of him officially visiting UNC are high.
"Things are up in the air about what visits I'm going to be taking, because it's such a small time between now and Signing Day," Cohen said. "But I'm pretty sure I'm going to be taking a visit."
Ideally, Kapilovic would've liked Cohen to be a part of UNC's big official visit weekend this coming Friday. However, Cohen will be out-of-town with his family until Saturday.
"I've already [officially] visited Maryland," Cohen said. "I was planning on [officially] visiting Penn State on the 24th [of January], but I don't know what my situation is with them with their new coach and him bringing in some other recruits. So that's still up in the air. I don't know what's going on with that. But I'll probably visit North Carolina the week after that, but I don't know if that Penn State visit is going to happen or not."
Since James Franklin was named Penn State's head coach, Cohen hasn't heard from anyone from PSU.
Cohen officially visited Maryland in mid-December. Since then the Terrapins have changed their offensive line coach.
"Right now, I'd like to meet the O-line coach and see how I'd connect with him," Cohen said. "I know the position coach is the coach that I'm going to be spending the most time with."
Cohen has done research on UNC since hearing back from the Tar Heels.
"I know that this year they had a really young team and they still had some success," Cohen said. "I watched their bowl game and they had a great bowl game. On top of that, I know that North Carolina is very good at producing offensive linemen. I'm not sure how many are going to be drafted, but I'm pretty sure at least two are. I know it's a great football school. And just overall, everybody that I've talked to about the campus and the school, everybody has had really good things to say about it."
Kapilovic hasn't discussed specific positions with Cohen. After playing guard his first two years, Cohen has started at left tackle for McDonogh the last couple of seasons.