Michigan Reaches out to Goebel

Naperville North HS (Ill.) OG Colin Goebel was among the first juniors contacted by the Wolverines last week and the interest is definitely mutual. The rising junior gives the latest on his recruitment, recaps his summer visit to Ann Arbor, discusses his decision timeline, and much much more.

Sam Webb:  How did things go for you on football field last year?

Colin Goebel:  “Last year, we got a new coach.  I was on the sophomore team and I didn’t get moved up to varsity until playoffs.  I made Tom Lemming’s all Chicago land team as a sophomore because I had real good tape and stuff.  I got offered by Northern Illinois after my second game on Friday.”

Sam Webb:  Do you have any other offers on the table yet?

Colin Goebel:  “No not yet. (Edt note: Subsequent to this interview, Goebel received an offer from Toledo)”  

Sam Webb:  When did you first start hearing from Michigan?

Colin Goebel:  “They came to see me in school during the spring of my sophomore year.  I talked to them then and then I went up to their campus for a week long wrestling tournament.  I finished that and the day after I met the O-line coach and he showed me around the whole campus, like the facilities.”

Sam Webb:  Was that your first time being at Michigan?

Colin Goebel:  “My second.  My cousin, Garrett Goebel is starting nose tackle at Ohio State right now.  He got offered by them and I was in like sixth or seventh grade and I went for an official visit there with them.”

Sam Webb:  Did you grow up a fan of any particular school?

Colin Goebel:  “I liked Michigan.  I like the Big Ten but I liked Michigan growing up.  Then when my cousin committed to Ohio State, I started liking them to.  I don’t care about the rivalry, I like them both.”

Sam Webb:  Go back to your Michigan visit for a second… was there anything in particular if at all that really stuck out to you on that visit that kind of stayed with you?

Colin Goebel:  “I just knew the facilities were top of the line.  That’s what stuck out, one of the best.  They were the best facilities that I’ve been to in a while.  While I was there, a lot of players were working out and they took time out of their workout to come up to me and shake hands to me and introduce themselves.  It was pretty cool.”

Sam Webb:  Who is your recruiter for Michigan?

Colin Goebel:  “Coach Hecklinski.”

Sam Webb:  Your were impressions of Coach Hecklinski after getting a chance to spend some time with him?

Colin Goebel:  “I was with the O-line coach.”

Sam Webb:  You were just with the O-line coach the whole time?

Colin Goebel:  “Yeah because in July they had a rotation of like one coach per day.  I had the O-line coach, it was good.”

Sam Webb:  What were your impressions of Coach Funk?

Colin Goebel:  “He was a great guy.  He loved the winning tradition at Michigan.  He just couldn’t wait to get Michigan back on track and back into a winning program.  He seemed like a great coach to play under.”

Sam Webb:  What other schools are you hearing from right now?

Colin Goebel:  “I’m hearing a lot from Purdue.  I’m getting letters from Michigan State almost like daily, every few days.  Boston College a lot, Illinois, just basically every Big Ten school, Nebraska, Indiana, Wisconsin, Iowa.”

Sam Webb:  As far as future visits, do you have any visits lined up to go to any college games here in the next few weeks?

Colin Goebel:  “I just got a letter from Michigan and this Saturday me and my dad might be going to the Big House for the Notre Dame game.  We’re looking to, but we just got it today so we got to think it over.  Other than that, we’ll try to go to a Michigan State game and maybe Illinois.”

Sam Webb:  What is your current height, weight and 40 time?

Colin Goebel:  “Right now I am 6’4” and 271.  My 40 time, I ran a 5.1 at one of the lineman challenges at our school.”

Sam Webb:  What line positions are the schools that you’re hearing from right now talking about?

Colin Goebel:  “Offensive guard and maybe center.”

Sam Webb:  Do you have a preference?

Colin Goebel:  “I like guard more, but I know how to snap in case a college needs me for that.”

Sam Webb:  Break down your game for me.  Give me a scouting report?

Colin Goebel:  “I like to always hustle and be the last guy to finish the play and just always play to the whistle every play and just have the most intensity every play.  Be like the meanest blocker, meanest opponent out there and just staying on the blocks and just finishing every play.”

Sam Webb:  Is there a style of offense that you prefer?  You got a school like Purdue that is kind of a spread school and then you got schools like Michigan State, Ohio State and Michigan that are more pro style offenses, do you have a preference?

Colin Goebel:  “No I don’t really care.”

Sam Webb:  When you get ready to sit down and make your decision whenever that is, what are going to be the most significant factors in that choice?

Colin Goebel:  “Definitely the coaches.  How the coaching staff is and how I would like playing under them and the overall campus, like how I feel and comfortable, the other players committing there and if I like the facility and campus around there, the weather and stuff.”

Sam Webb:  Have you given any thought to a timeline for how you would like to have this play out?

Colin Goebel:  “This isn’t for sure yet, but I would like to be committed before my senior season, just so it won’t get in the way of my team and hopefully at the end of the summer, I’ll make a decision.”

Sam Webb:  Do you think distance from home is going to play a role in your choice?

Colin Goebel:  “No.”

Sam Webb:  When you look at these schools have you put together a top list of schools yet?

Colin Goebel:  “I haven’t really gotten a chance to visit every school that has been mailing me yet.  I can definitely say the schools that stick out a lot but also haven’t been to a lot of them, so I could add once I go there.

Sam Webb:  Have you heard much from Ohio State at all?

Colin Goebel:  “Yeah.  My cousin plays their and the one day they came to see me I was sick, which sucks.  I’ve been on the phone with them a few times.”

Sam Webb:  How big of a role will Garrett’s presence in Columbus have in your decision?

Colin Goebel:  “He is definitely giving me words of wisdom of how it is there, but I also want to start a new role, be a new person.  (Garrett’s presence at Ohio Sate) wouldn’t make that much of a difference.”

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