Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Top trio: offensive line

After a convincing conference win against Arizona, the Oregon football team heads out on the road for the first time in 2012 with a game against Washington State in Seattle. With the ramping up of the schedule, Duck coaches will also be turning up their recruiting efforts. The past weekend saw several official visits followed up by the commitment of highly sought after recruits Tyrell and Tyree Robinson.

With the heart of football approaching and more prospective student athletes visiting campuses around the nation, talk about the top recruits is sure to pick up steam as well.

Today we continue our weekly series intended to rank some of the most talked about players on Oregon's recruiting board. During each week of the season we will look at a different position and the "Top Trio" at the position. The main factors for choosing which players we discuss will be need, buzz and interest; but not necessarily in that order.

Any and all opinions of these articles are purely that of Duck Sports Authority and do not reflect the opinions or thoughts of the Oregon coaching staff.

The next position we will discuss is one that has become a cornerstone of success at Oregon. Without stellar offensive linemen, it is difficult for the speed of Oregon to matter. Without protection, quarterbacks cannot throw the ball effectively and without a hole, the running backs have nowhere to go. Currently, Oregon three offensive line commitments with the earlier pledges of Evan Voeller, Alex Redmond and Doug Brenner. Nonetheless, with just one offensive line recruit signed in 2012, the Ducks look like they still have room for two more on the offensive line.

1 Reeve Koehler OG 6'3"/280/5.46Honolulu, HI
WHO: Reeve Koehler is the 6th ranked offensive guard in the nation and the 148th overall prospect by Rivals.com. The 2nd ranked player in the state of Hawaii, Koehler has great technique and is likely to play early where ever he chooses.

SAY WHAT: "My overall aggressiveness is really what helps me right now. Local guys from Hawaii we have been raised that if you get punched in the mouth, you always punch back. That aggressiveness always keeps me ahead."
"The relationship with the coach and the academic help that I can get," Koehler cited as two key factors in his decision.

WHERE: Koehler is on the record as saying he wants to play in the SEC and it looks like the odds on favorite to land his commitment at this time is none other than the Tennessee Volunteers/.

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