Colin Goebel has enjoyed a stellar junior year. He competed recently in the Illinois State wrestling finals at the Assembly Hall. And he was recognized for his play as an offensive lineman for Naperville North last fall.
"I made First Team All-State and was my conference Offensive Lineman of the Year."
His football team did well also, although it wanted to progress further in the state playoffs.
"My team qualified for the playoffs, but we ended up losing in the first round. The only goal I have for my team this fall is to win state."
Illinois has offered Goebel a scholarship. He has a definite interest in his home state school.
"I think Illinois a solid program all-around, and they're coming back and will be really good soon."
The 6'-4", 275 pounder has visited campus twice so far and came away impressed.
"I saw a game on my first visit against Ohio State. Then this winter, I took a visit and Coach (Luke) Butkus showed me around. Both of them went well."
Goebel is impressed with the Illini's new offensive line coach.
"Coach Butkus is the man recruiting me. I think he is an awesome guy, and he definitely knows what he's doing."
He shared his strengths and weaknesses as a lineman.
"I feel like I play tough, and I'm athletic. I want to improve my footwork and my pass protection technique."
He is formulating criteria for selecting a college.
"I'm looking for a good mix of academics and football tradition."
The Illini will have plenty of competition for his services.
"I'm getting recruited by most of the Big Ten. I have offers from Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Cincinnati, and Miami Florida."
Goebel has two visits on his upcoming schedule.
"I'll be visiting Wisconsin and Michigan State soon."