Signee Update: Jared Cohen

Since signing with North Carolina in February, Jared Cohen's focus has been on preparing for his collegiate career. The offensive lineman from Owings Mills (Md.) McDonogh School has done -- and continues to do -- what the Tar Heel staff has asked of him and then some.

At school, Cohen follows the workout regimen that UNC's strength and conditioning staff sent him after Signing Day. After school Monday through Thursday, he heads to a local gym where he works out under the guidance his personal trainer, Courtney Greene. Greene, who played safety at Rutgers, was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks before spending three seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

"I'm doing the workout packet that North Carolina gave me with all the lifting," Cohen said. "And then the trainer is just additional running.

"I'm covering all the bases. I'm just doing a little extra, in addition to the North Carolina workouts."

Cohen says he has seen improvement in his strength, speed, agility, and stamina. Also, after playing his senior football season at 295 pounds, he has held steady at 305 pounds on his 6-foot-4 frame.

"I guess you could say I'm burning fat right now," Cohen said.

"Coach Kap [Chris Kapilovic] has told me I'm at a good weight. When I get down there, depending on how I move – basically how well I carry my weight – they're either going to help me lose or gain or stay the same. Right now, they really just want me to lift hard and get in shape."

Kapilovic and Keith Gilmore teamed up to secure Cohen's verbal commitment last January. Cohen's contact with UNC has basically shifted exclusively to Kapilovic, UNC's offensive line coach.

"I still have a good relationship with him," Cohen said. "I went down to the Spring Game where we definitely had a lot of time to bond and talk. After signing, the contact has lessened due to he now has an entirely new class to recruit."

After playing guard his first two years at McDonogh, Cohen started at left tackle during his final two seasons.

"Right now, I feel like I could play tackle even though I'm not the preferable tackle size," Cohen said. "They're thinking that I'm going to be a guard – they're penciling me in as a guard. However, Coach Kap said he'll give me plenty of chances to prove that I could possibly play tackle."

Typically, incoming freshmen offensive linemen end up red-shirting. However, similar to his eventual position, whether Cohen red-shirts or not is yet to be determined.

"It's all up in the air," Cohen said. "It's all on how well I perform when I get there. Red-shirting is definitely on the table, but [Kapilovic] told me if I'm able to perform and make the traveling squad and possibly take a starting spot, I'll get that opportunity. But he has told me if I'm not going to play, then I'll be red-shirted."

As far as jersey numbers go, Cohen hopes to wear No. 68, which was vacated by James Hurst following the 2014 season. Cohen wore No. 68 as a sophomore before switching to 72 for his final two seasons.

"James Hurst was a good player and it would definitely be good to follow in his footsteps," Cohen said.

Cohen says he has been deemed a qualifier by the NCAA Clearinghouse and plans to enroll in the second summer semester. He'll begin to move into his dorm on June 16 where he'll share a suite with Avery Edwards, Tyler Powell, and Caleb Samuel. Cohen plans to eventually enroll in UNC's Business School and major in something under that umbrella.

"Growing up, I've always had an interest in numbers," Cohen said. "Math is my best subject. I've always wanted to be able to run a business, go through all the numbers, and run it to be the most efficient. I honestly feel like I would enjoy that as a career."

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