Kohler to Make Decision, Cal Still in the Mix

Erik Kohler, the 6-foot-5, 285-pound four-star offensive tackle from Oaks Christian High School in Westlake Village, Calif., has six scholarship offers. He says he'll be making a commitment within the next few weeks among four schools, including Cal...

"I want to get it done before August," Erik Kohler said. "I want to have it out of the way and be able to completely focus on my senior season."

Kohler, ranked as the No. 15 offensive tackle in the country by Scout.com, says he now favors Washington solidly over UCLA, California and Notre Dame. All of his favorites have offered as well as Arizona and Arizona State.

"The coaches at U-Dub really stand out to me," he said. "I think they are absolutely amazing and they are great recruiters too. I think great things are going to happen there."

Kohler says he also likes Seattle and the Washington campus. "I think that the campus is awesome," he said. "It's a great place.

"But it's all about the coaches," he said. "They are very enthusiastic and have a huge drive to win. I already have a good relationship with my recruiting coach (Huskies wide receiver coach Jimmie Dougherty) and I'm getting closer to the other coaches too."

Kohler admits the Huskies are the team to beat, saying there's a "50 percent chance" that he'll end up there.

The only school in his top four he hasn't visited yet is Notre Dame. "I'll try to visit them this summer if I can," he said. "It may be within the next few weeks.

"I've always known about Notre Dame," he said. "They are a very prestigious school and I've heard them get called ‘America's team' before too. Everyone knows them and they have great fans.

"But I'm not really too sure about them," he said. "I haven't been there before so I can't really compare them."

Kohler denies the distance to South Bend will affect his decision. "Distance is only a small factor," he said. "It won't be a big issue."

The local favorite for Kohler is UCLA. "They have a new staff and I really think the program is going to be on the rise," he said.

"UCLA has great tradition too," Kohler said. "And I think with coach Rick Neuheisel being there it's only going to get better. I think he's doing great and they have an elite staff that I really think can turn it around."

Kohler says he's also being recruited by the Bruins' cross-town rival USC, but the Trojans haven't offered yet. "I'm not sure if USC is gonna offer or not," he said. "I'm not worried about it.

"I'm happy with my offers and not waiting on anyone else," he said. "If I get any other offers within the next few weeks I'll check them out, but if not I still plan on committing before August.

"I just need to sit down with my parents and really talk about all these schools," he said. "We haven't really had a chance to do that yet."

So what is Kohler looking for in a program? "I want to play in a pro-style offense because I think that fits me best," he said. "It lets you do a little bit of everything and prepares you for the next level.

"I also want to play for a program that has a deep football tradition," Kohler said. "I'd love to play where there's a history that we can try to live up to."

Another school that Kohler says is in the running is Cal. "I like how the team carries itself," he said. "There seems to be a confidence that comes from the players and coaches.

"There's an air of excellence up at Cal that I really liked," he said. "They've consistently been a good team and have had a consistent coaching staff."

Kohler hasn't attended any camps this summer and says he isn't sure if he will end up making any.

He denies following any program as a youngster.

He says he bench presses 350 pounds, squats 415 and has a 28" vertical jump.

Kohler plans on majoring in business and reports a 3.3 core GPA and a 25 ACT.

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