The big offensive tackle is hoping that his epic summer trip will prove to be an excellent adventure. He says that his stop to check out the Auburn Tigers was worth the drive up from Cape Coral, Fla., where he is attracting plenty of attention as an offensive tackle prospect.
With more than 20 scholarship offers already, the rising senior says he needs to see more colleges to make a good decision on his choice. He and his parents are making a long trip that is scheduled to last 12 days.
Commenting on his day visiting the Tigers from the SEC, the 6-6, 260-pound rising senior says, "I enjoyed my trip to Auburn. I like the campus, the facilities, the program, the tradition. I liked all of that stuff."
A SEC, ACC and Big 12 colleges are among Koenig's favorites.
Interested in majoring in business in college, he is a strong student who will be starting for a third consecutive year this fall. He is expected to be the third member of his family to play college football as an offensive linemen following in the footsteps of brothers Doug (left tackle) and David (left guard), who both played for the Oklahoma State Cowboys.
Koenig says his brothers aren't pressuring him to play for the Cowboys, too, but notes that they have given him good advice on football regarding "technique and stuff like that," he points out.
He is already taller than his brothers. "My oldest brother is about 6-5 or 6-4 and my middle brother is 6-5," he says. "I am still growing. I think I will be about 6-7."
Koenig says he expects the road trip will help him narrow his college choices and produce a short list of favorites. "I have only been to a couple of schools--Tennessee, North Carolina and Wake Forest," he says. "It lets me see the colleges. I am looking for how I will fit in with the program and how I like the coaches. I really like the Auburn campus."
Commenting on his favorites, he says, "I really like Clemson, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, Tennessee and Auburn," he says. "Those are all my favorites.
Koenig also plays another sport, but notes his focus is on football. "I play basketball to help me with my footwork." He also played lacrosse as a 10th grader, but the school didn't have a team this past season.
Jay Boulware is recruiting Koenig for Auburn and the lineman says he likes the first-year assistant who made the move to AU with head coach Gene Chizik. He adds that he likes Boulware and the other Auburn coaches he met before packing up and heading northeast up I-85 toward Clemson.