Goebel Rising Up

Colin Goebel patiently watched as other offensive linemen in the state of Illinois picked up scholarship offers. Opportunities now are rolling in for the Naperville product.

Illinois is stocked with strong offensive line talent once again. A few of the stars at the head of the Class of 2013 out shined the rest of the group for quite a while.

Ethan Pocic, Kyle Bosch and Logan Tuley-Tillman garnered many of the headlines. Colin Goebel wondered if he would get some attention to come his way.

"At the beginning of the season, there were three offensive linemen in my class in Illinois that already had big time offers," the 6-foot-4, 275-pound Goebel said. "I didn't have any yet. I didn't know where I was going to end up. I didn't know if I was going to the MAC or the Big Ten or what."

Goebel hails from Naperville (IL) North High. He reports offers from Iowa, Mississippi, Illinois, Indiana and Miami (FL).

Even though things started more slowly for Goebel than some of his in-state classmates, recruiting has picked up. The Hurricanes offered Tuesday night.

"I think my tape impressed a lot of people," Goebel said. "With college football season over, colleges spent more time looking at film. I think that helped a lot."

Miami extended its offer based on watching Goebel's film.

"Yeah, that surprised me," he said. "I really didn't know that they recruited up here that often. It's an honor to get an offer from them."

Goebel also reports hearing from Wisconsin and Michigan State, two schools he favors and hopes to visit this spring.

"I definitely want to see Wisconsin, Michigan State and Miami," he said. "I'm going to try to see some other ones as well. I'm not sure yet."

Iowa appears to be among the schools in line for a Goebel visit.

"They were the first BCS school (along with Mississippi on the same day) to offer me," he said. "I haven't talked to the coaches a lot. I've talked to them a few times on the phone. I get a lot of hand written letters. I definitely want to visit there."

Goebel describes himself as an aggressive, athletic and tough offensive lineman.

"I think I'm OK, technique wise," Goebel said. "I think I have a lot of room to improve. I don't want to say that I'm satisfied at all."

Goebel, whose only unofficial visit was to Illinois (new coaching staff), qualified for the state wrestling meet as a heavyweight.

"I really want to play for a good team and I also want to leave with a good degree," Goebel said.

Goebel said his decision on where to camp this summer will depend on his offer list. It could be at around that time when his recruitment ends.

"I definitely want to get it done before my senior year, maybe in the middle of the summer," Goebel said.

Goebel, who wants to study exercise physiology and physical therapy in college, said he's open to going to school anywhere in the country.

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