Kyle Koehne wants to get in line

At 6-6 and 300 pounds Kyle Koehne is an impressive specimen among the 16 commitments for the Florida Gator class of 2009. Koehne, an aggressive road grading interior lineman from Cathedral HS in Indianapolis (IN), isn't the most glorified commitment in the class. However, he is eager to show up on campus and prove he belongs and can make a difference for the Florida Gators.

Kyle Koehne signed his letter of intent on Wednesday to be a Gator and the week before he did that, he got to see his future head coach and the quarterback coach. Florida Head Coach Urban Meyer and assistant Scot Loeffler showed up at Cathedral to talk with Koehne. Noticeably absent was offensive line coach Steve Addazio who was still recovering from an infection in his leg. Koehne heard everything he needed to hear from the two coaches.

"Coach Meyer came over the last week with Coach Loeffler," Koehne said. "It was really cool...they flew them in, we had lunch for a couple of hours and talked about everything. We watched the highlight film, Tim Tebow, and talked about Brandon Spikes coming back. We talked about some basic stuff, nothing really serious."

Meyer wanted to hear from Koehne just what he heard. Kyle is determined and ready to prove himself beyond his three-star rating. They think he has a chance to be an exceptional interior offensive lineman.

"I am just looking forward to working hard and get to work," Koehne said. "I want to get my spot on the depth chart as soon as possible and get as high on the depth chart as possible. I just want to prepare myself for everything I can and get myself faster and stronger. They want me starting at center and I will pretty much stay an interior lineman."

Distance won't be a factor for him in getting down and readying his mind for playing football Florida Gator style. He already knows of a couple of trips he will make just to start getting learning just what it means to be a Gator.

"I am thinking of taking another visit there pretty soon, just to come down and hang out and see what's up," he said. "I am thinking about coming down in February and then certainly for the spring game. My hosts the last time were Sam Robey and Matt Patchan. I haven't talked to them since the official, but I imagine if I make that trip down there they will probably host me again."

Just like most offensive linemen, Koehne had an uneventful signing. His school does the celebration a little different, but he's okay with that.

"Here at Cathedral, we have a huge signing party for all the people that are signing scholarships in the spring," he said. "It will be a huge signing thing at the end of the spring with the rest of the other sports."

Koehne has a message of just what he expects from himself when he arrives on campus.

"I am going to work hard and do my best," he said. "I can't wait to get down there, I'm just going to get down there and give full effort and try and make a difference."

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