Four-Star OL Visits Cal

One of the top offensive linemen in the nation was in Berkeley over the weekend for junior day. The four-star SoCal standout boasts a Cal offer and six others, the latest coming from Notre Dame. Nonetheless, he says, "Cal is an amazing school." Moreover, he plans to decide before the summer and the Golden Bears are in the mix…

Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian offensive lineman Erik Kohler (6-5, 265) is rated a four-star offensive tackle, according to Among his seven offers, six are from the Pac-10 conference. He visited Stanford last year, and this year he has attended junior days at UCLA and most recently California.

"It was a really good trip," Kohler said of his visit to Berkeley for junior day. "They showed me the campus and a really good time. I had a blast.

"I am really high on Cal right now, but I like to keep all my options open. I don't really have a top choice. But when it comes down to it, I really do love Cal. Cal is an amazing school. Just from what I saw, it really impressed me what they have to offer."

It was Kohler's first visit to Berkeley, but it was not his first trip to a college campus. Therefore, he was able to weigh Cal against all the other schools he has visited.

"My Cal visit, they went a little more in-depth than any other school I've been to," said Kohler. "The closest I can compare it to is a trip to Stanford last year. The [coaches] really showed exactly what Cal had to offer and what Cal was going to offer in the future with the facilities they are building."

Kohler is a natural left tackle, and most schools are recruiting him as such. However, he is not against playing another spot on the line. "I've been telling coaches if they want to put me at right tackle or guard, I'll play there."

He does not plan to go through the recruiting process. Moreover, he claims no favorites, but he does have a few schools that are sticking out to him.

"Almost every school looking at me has a very deep [football] tradition and all of them have great academics but some are more outstanding than others," said Kohler. "At this point, Cal, Stanford and UCLA [stick out]…I plan on making my decision before summer. By then I will have gotten together with my parents and coach on deciding on where to go."

Kohler says distance will be a minor factor in his decision. He says the main factors will be education, football tradition, and comfort level.

"If I don't make it to the next level, what is the degree going to do for me in the future," said Kohler. "Football tradition, have they been successful? If they are down are they on the way up? [Finally], can I picture myself at the college?"

Kohler says he can picture himself at Cal but…"It is just going to take some time," he added.

Stay with and for continuing coverage of Erik Kohler's recruitment.

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