Bloomington – If Indiana is going to lure big man Kyle Koehne to Bloomington, it needs to out-duel some big names.
The 6-6, 285-pound offensive lineman from Indianapolis' Cathedral H.S. has been traveling the country this spring to participate in camps, including stops at Michigan, Florida, Boston College, Notre Dame and most recently Michigan State. It's been some taxing travel for Scout.com's 33rd ranked offensive tackle, but it's also paid off.
Koehne found out Sunday Boston College was offering a scholarship, and he believes Florida and Michigan State are close to doing the same. He hasn't ruled out Notre Dame and Michigan following through at some point as well with an offer.
"It's been rough (traveling), but it's been good," Koehne said. "I've performed well, and they're all talking about offering."
While those programs have recently surfaced as possibilities, Indiana has been a school that's been targeting Koehne for some time. The Hoosiers offered Koehne in January, shortly after Iowa was the first school to extend a scholarship offer.
Koehne said he's still thinking seriously about Coach Bill Lynch's program. While he didn't compete in any of IU's summer camps, he was in Bloomington in early June for an unofficial visit. He said he spent 4-5 hours talking with the staff, including offensive line coach Bobby Johnson and his recruiting coach, Billy Lynch. From there he spent the night with his former high school teammate and friend Dan Rutigliano, who will be a sophomore on the team this fall.
"Indiana is a good school, and I like them a lot," Koehne said. "They're close to home and that's a big thing. Another big influence is their business school, because that's what I'd like to study."
The Hoosiers are looking to not only use their proximity to their advantage, but also the strides the program has made in the last couple of seasons.
"If I went to Indiana I'd people there that I know, and if I ever needed to go home I could because it's not too far away," Koehne said. "They also talk about how it's a program on the rise and with the new facilities they're building, they have a good future ahead of them."
It's a future that the staff thinks would be even brighter if it can attract talented in-state players such as Koehne. He's considered one of the top offensive linemen in the Midwest, and among the most heavily recruited in the state along with Bishop Chatard's Zach Martin.
"Coaches like my explosion off the ball, and my strength and speed," Koehne said.
Indiana already lured one of the state's best players last week when Jeffersonville H.S. quarterback Edward Wright-Baker verballed, and the staff is hoping that Koehne will follow suit. He said so long as he can find the school feels like the best fit, he'd like to make his commitment before the start of his high school season.
"I want to find the place where I feel most comfortable, a place that feels like a home away from home," Koehne said.
Plenty of Offers, Interest for Koehne
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