It's tough enough to send your son or daughter off to college, but imagine being Rick Koehler doing so.
He is the father of Honolulu (HI) St. Louis High offensive lineman Reeve Koehler (6-3, 330), who he put on a plane Thursday night en route for his official visit to Arkansas.
The younger Koehler – a U.S. Army All-American expected to arrive around in Fayetteville around 10 a.m. CST in Fayetteville – has narrowed his decision down to either Arkansas or Kansas.
"My son is blessed that he has so many opportunities," Koehler said. "He's excited about the visit this weekend and has got it down to two great choices in Arkansas and Kansas. I try to stay out of it and let my son make his own decision because it is his life and his choice."
The younger Koehler – one of 12 official visitors to Arkansas this weekend – hosted Razorback head coach Bret Bielema and offensive line coach Sam Pittman last week in his home.
Pittman began recruiting Koehler last year when he was the offensive line coach at Tennessee.
"They were both very impressive, both very professional and I know Reeve really enjoyed having them in our home," Mr. Koehler said. "I can tell that are great people and Arkansas obviously has a great program. He really likes Coach Pittman and has a great relationship with him."
Koehler – who took official visits to Kansas and Tennessee (where Chapman was the OL coach) last fall - is very proud of his son and notes he is two different people on and off the field.
"I would say that a dad would be your toughest critic, but I know that he does some things very well and that is why these schools are interested," Koehler said. "He is a good kid and very quiet off the field, but a whole different person on it.
"He is really aggressive, nasty and has a mean streak in him when he is on the field," Koehler added. "He just really gets after his man and doesn't show him any mercy."
Rick Koehler looks forward to visiting with his son after he returns from Arkansas, who made up his son's final five along with Kansas, Tennessee, California and Oregon.
"He has it down to two great choices and I am looking forward to seeing what he thinks about this trip and Arkansas' program," Koehler said. "He is very mature and values relationships and I know that he will make the best choice for himself in the end."
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