One of the first people to know that Wauseon, OH offensive lineman Elliott Mealer was about to become a Wolverine was Toledo (OH) Whitmer standout Kevin Koger. The two versatile athletes have been friends and AAU basketball teammates since the seventh grade. In recent months they had discussed the idea of playing college football together as well. Now that the first shoe in that scenario has dropped, will the other?
"That will play a little bit of a factor because now I know someone that's about to go there," Koger said regarding Mealer's decision. "I won't be a complete stranger there. I'll actually know somebody. But I don't think I'm going to do anything right now. I'm just aiming to make my decision before my football season starts."
With offers on hand from Michigan, Ohio State, Purdue, Cincinnati, and Eastern Michigan, Koger has no shortage of options within close proximity to his home. One of those programs, however, is clearly sticking out for him at this point.
"I think Michigan has the upper-hand right now," admitted Koger. "Coach DeBord… I talk to him every week. I call him a bunch of times a week. The coach I talk to the most is Coach Debord. He said I can play early. It's all about how fast I pick up the system."
"I grew up a Michigan fan because my dad came from Michigan," he continued. "I've been a Michigan fan all of my life."
Koger plans to use the next few months to continue compare and contrast his list of suitors. Part of that process may call for him to visit the campuses a few more times.
The coaches (from the schools on his list) are talking about coming in May," said Koger. I don't know if I am going to be going to any summer camps right now. I'm going to try figure it out in the next month. I've got to talk my coach about possibly visiting the schools this summer. If he thinks it will really help me I'll probably do it. My decision is going to come down to how well I adapt to the players and to the coaches. That's basically it. I don't want to get there and not get along with the people for four years.
For time being, much of Koger's attention is focused on a sport other than football… one in which his uncanny athleticism at 6-4, 230-pounds is on even greater display.
"I'm done with (AAU basketball) now," said Koger. "I run track. I do the long jump, the 4x100, the 4x200, and sometimes the 4x400. My fastest split in the 100 is 10.7."
GoBlueWolverine will have more on Koger in the coming weeks.