Summer Circuit

National Recruiting Editor
Posted Apr 29, 2008


"Iowa and Indiana are recruiting me the hardest," Kyle Koehne said. "Iowa was my first offer last December and I went to both of their junior days. Iowa is a great school overall and I really liked the campus and facilities. Plus, they have a real good history of sending guys to the NFL, especially on the offensive line." Koehne's other favorite, Indiana, is only about one and half hours away.

Kyle Koehne, the 6-foot-6, 300 pound three-star offensive tackle from Cathedral High School in Indianapolis, Ind., has offers from Iowa, Cincinnati, North Carolina State and Indiana, with more likely on the way.

Scout.com's No. 31 offensive tackle in the country says he's still very open and is considering all four of the schools that have offered him, plus Boston College, Ohio State, Notre Dame and Florida. He says Iowa and Indiana currently lead slightly.

"Iowa and Indiana are recruiting me the hardest," Koehne said. "Iowa was my first offer last December and I went to both of their junior days. Iowa is a great school overall and I really liked the campus and facilities. Plus, they have a real good history of sending guys to the NFL, especially on the offensive line.

He says he's also developed a strong relationship with Iowa's recruiting coordinator and assistant linebacker coach, Eric Johnson. "He's a good guy," he said. "He says I was the first offensive lineman they offered and I'm their No. 1 offensive lineman. He really wants me to go out there on a visit and check everything out again."

Koehne's other favorite, Indiana, is the local school as it's only about one and half hours away. "If I really like a school the distance won't make a difference," he admitted. "But I'd probably prefer to stay in the midwest."

Growing up he says he followed Notre Dame and he even attended the Irish Junior Day as well. "It's a big-time program," he said of the Irish. "I like the o-line coach (John Latina). I got to know him at their camp last year and he's very smart and I liked his coaching style. I felt like I could learn from him, plus he's actually friends with one of my coaches too."

Koehne plans to attend the Notre Dame camp this summer as well and hopes the Irish will offer. "They said they may offer me after the camp," he said. "They told me I'm high on their list."

Another midwest school that Koehne is hoping will pull the trigger and offer is Ohio State. "They send me lots of mail," he said. "They said that I'll likely get an offer at their camp and I plan to go to that one too. They've been talking to me a lot.

"I really like the facilities at Ohio State, plus they have really good history and tradition too," he said.

Besides the Irish and Buckeyes, Koehne also plans to attend camps at Florida and Boston College. "I like the south too," he admitted. "I went to their (Florida's) camp last summer and loved it. It's a great campus and the school is really good academically too. Even though they are kind of far, I think that might not be a problem."

While the Eagles haven't offered, former Boston College coach Tom O'Brien's new team has offered. "I like coach O'Brien and I think he's got North Carolina State moving in the right direction," Koehne said. "He was great at Boston College and has sent a lot of guys to the NFL too. He has great experience and I think the team is on the rise. It would probably be a good opportunity to come in and really help out."

Koehne says he's going to have a busy summer and hopes to make a decision before his football season starts in August. "Hopefully the camps will really help me get to know the coaches and the schools better," he said. "I want a school with great tradition that has disciplined coaches who run a tight program. I'll probably try and visit as many schools as I can this summer."

Cathedral High School had an 11-3 record last season making it all the way to the state playoff semifinals.

Koehne says he can bench 310 pounds and squats 420. He runs a 5.3 forty and has a 24 inch vertical jump.

"I have good quickness and am extremely fast and explosive in the backfield," he said. "I can get to the secondary and hit linebackers. I like taking on big guys, but I still want to improve my strength and power. I'm doing a lot of weight lifting and I even have a personal speed trainer to help me with my forty time and quickness."

Koehne reports a 3.0 core GPA and a 21 ACT.



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