OG Koehler cuts list to five


In early July, three-star offensive guard Reeve Koehler (Honolulu/St. Louis) began narrowing his list of impressive offers down to a more manageable final group. On Wednesday, Koehler arrived at a final five. His list includes Arizona State, Georgia, Hawaii, Kansas and Tennessee.

Koehler has taken unofficial visits to Georgia, Tennessee and Hawaii, but said none of the five schools stand out more than the others, though he raved about his visit to the Vols.

“That looks like a good situation for me to step into,” Koehler said. “I’d be playing in a strong conference and I wouldn’t be too homesick because I have family there. That looks like one of the better scenarios.”

Georgia is also making a push for the 6-foot-4, 321-pound lineman.

“There is a rich football tradition at Georgia,” he said. “They have a huge campus -- bigger than Hawaii and Tennessee. I’m just trying to get my mind around that.”

Kansas may seem like something of an odd choice for a Hawaii prospect, but Koehler said head coach Charlie Weis -- after signing linebacker Manti Te’o at Notre Dame -- has made the islands a high recruiting priority. Koehler said Weis would like to sign a handful of players from Hawaii every year.

Koehler holds additional offers from schools such as California, Oregon, Utah and Washington, and will continue to shrink his list throughout the fall. He said that because of how the bye weeks are configured for his senior season, he won’t have enough opportunities to take all five of his official visits before verbally committed at the Army All-American Bowl. Koehler said his plan is to decide on a final three this fall and take those three official visits before making a decision.