The Razorbacks' latest hire of offensive line coach Sam Pittman is having an impact all the way in Hawaii.
Honolulu St. Louis High offensive lineman Reeve Koehler (6-3, 320) said Thursday night that he will definitely take an official visit to Arkansas in January because of Pittman.
"Coach Pittman is a great coach and a great man and someone that I have become very close with during the recruiting process," Koehler said of the former Tennessee coach. "He is a player's coach that tries to the best out of you as a player and a person and that really appeals to me."
Koehler and teammate Colton Goeas (6-2, 245) – a middle linebacker committed to Tennessee – were two of Pittman's main recruiting targets while with the Vols.
The duo is ranked as the third- and fourth-best players in Hawaii in the 2013 class by Scout.com.
"He is very interested in checking Arkansas out as well," Koheler said. "We both have great respect for Coach Pittman."
Koehler said Pittman called him Wednesday night to officially offer him a scholarship from Arkansas.
"He said that he grew up close to Arkansas and was a fan and wanted to play there, but was not good enough," Koehler said. "He said that getting to coach there was the next best thing.
"He told me that he wanted to officially offer me a scholarship to Arkansas and that he wanted me to come visit," Koehler added. "He said that he wanted me to visit in January, but that he wanted to check and see who the best person to host me would be and that he would get back to me on which date."
Playing for Pittman really intrigues Koehler.
"He is a coach that will never get down on you, but just push you to get better," Koehler said. "He told me one time that if one of his guys are not getting it done, it's because he is not coaching them to the level he should. He doesn't blame you, he teaches you to get better."
Koehler had a final five of Tennessee, Kansas, Hawaii, Oregon and California before Arkansas entered the picture.
"I have already taken three visits to Tennessee, Kansas and Hawaii so that leaves me two more," Koehler said. "I will definitely be taking one to Arkansas and take the other one to either Oregon or Cal-Berkley."
It will be his first visit to Arkansas.
"What I know about the program so far is that they were in the top five the past couple of years and that they play in the SEC, which is obviously the best conference out there," Koehler said. "Also that there it is located in a smaller place that is a real college town. I am anxious to check it out and learn more."
It would appear that Koehler would fit right in with new Razorback head coach Bret Beilema's philosophy.
"The best thing about me is that I love to run block and drive my guy as far back as a I can and just take him out of the play," Koehler said. "I can also pass block, but being aggressive and getting after people in the run game is my biggest strength right now."
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