Army Interested in Huge Lineman

Ben Loebner is a 6-9, 318-pound offensive lineman from West Linn, Oregon, and Loebner definitely stands out in a crowd. That's why it was easy to see Ben - literally - as he watched the Fresno State-Washington game from the cozy confines of Husky Stadium, even with 65,000 others around him.

"It was great," Loebner told about his game-day experience at Montlake. "I liked the atmosphere up there and I like the coaching staff too. I think they are doing some good things up there.

"I got to talk to Coach Hart before the game and I talked to the coaches a little bit after the game. They were down after the game, but I got a chance to say Hi and thank them for having me come up."

The Huskies took one on the chin, losing to the Bulldogs 35-16.

This wasn't Loebner's first trip to Seattle, as he took part in Washington's summer camp and also visited during spring football.

"I'm definitely going to try to," Loebner said when asked about attending other college games. "We have film study on Saturday and I haven't really looked that far into the future.

"I've been thinking about it a lot. Obviously the team comes first, but I'm trying to get to games at different schools and make sure the coaches know I'm interested." Ben mentioned the USC-Oregon game.

West Linn plays South Medford on Friday in their opener. To get prepared for it, they hosted a jamboree with Grant and Westview last Thursday. Oregon's top defensive lineman, Michael Dyer.

"I was excited to get to play against him," Loebner said of Suh. "It was fun. Anytime you get to go up against one of the best d-lineman in the state, it's fun. Our offensive as a whole took it to them. We won 24-6.

"All three of us are contenders for league championships, so both of them were good matchups. Westview does a lot of blitzing and stunting, so that was hard to get used to at first, but we picked it up pretty quickly."

Loebner hopes to lead West Linn to a Three Rivers League title, but he'll have to go through Lake Oswego, Lakeridge and Clackamas to get there.

That's why recruiting will take a backseat for the time being, but it won't be completely ignored. Idaho too," he said. "Also the four Pac-10 schools in the Northwest and Washington State."

Because of the offers, the Wolfpack and Blue Devils top Ben's list of favorites. "That's where I'm headed, unless something else comes around," he said. "I'd love to play in the Pac-10."

Loebner will wait until after football is done before taking visits.

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