Toledo (OH) Whitmer standout Kevin Koger went into last week's summer camp tour with traditional rivals Michigan and Ohio State running neck and neck atop his leader board. Now that he has returned home and has had the opportunity to mull things over a bit, it seems that neither program has lost ground.
"(The Michigan camp) went good," Koger said to GoBlueWolverine Wednesday night. "I was with Coach DeBord most of the time. I got to work out with him a little bit…and we just chilled really."
At Ohio State, Koger's time on campus was enhanced by the opportunity to interact with many of the incoming recruits.
“It seems every time I go to a camp I get the chance to meet some really
nice good people," Koger told Scout.com's Dave Berk. "I had
the chance to talk with some of the recruits they already have and get to know
them better. This was good because you want to know you’ll feel
comfortable with the guys you will come in with. I felt right at home
with them. It wasn’t just one of them but the whole group was great.”
Now that both camps are behind him, the two-way athlete's attention now turns to differentiating the two programs and determining which would be the best fit. Among the criteria being considered are the respective depth charts at both schools. After the Wolverines picked up a commitment from Trotwood (OH) Madison TE Brandon Moore last month, many thought it would negatively impact Michigan's pursuit of Koger. He, however, begs to differ. The Wolverines' penchant for utilizing multiple tight end sets and the overall youth at the position has him looking at the situation in Ann Arbor in an advantageous light.
"(Michigan) said I could play quick," said Koger. "They have a lot of people leaving and they've only got Brandon Moore committed. (Ohio State) has a couple of walk-ons, their top tight end is about to be a senior, and they have a sophomore. So in 2008 they'll have one junior tight end. I'd say if I could play quicker anywhere it would probably be Michigan since they won't really have one (established) when I get there."
Despite that positive perception of the playing time situation at Michigan, Koger makes it very clear that he is not afraid to attend a school at which he might have to compete a little more.
“There is going to be competition no matter where you go," said Koger to Scout.com's Dave Berk. "All you can do is work hard and try your best and see what happens."
With his decision deadline fast approaching, Koger will take a number of factors into consideration before settling in on his final choice.
"I'm getting closer," said Koger in response to where he is in his decision-making process. "I want to make it sometime in July. I don't know if I'll visit the schools again. I might just chill for while, we'll see. It's still 50/50 (between Michigan and Ohio State). It's going to come down to the people, the coaching staff, playing time, academics… all of that stuff."
Stay tuned to GoBlueWolverine for part two of our feature on Koger for insight from the young man's father on the recruiting process thus far.
To view Scout/Ohio State's feature on Koger from earlier today, click here.