Koger Getting Closer to Decision (Part 2)

In part two of GoBlueWolverine's feature on Kevin Koger, the young man's father discusses the advice he is giving his son on the recruiting process, the things he is looking for in a school, the significance of depth charts, and much much more.

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When you go on these trips with Kevin, are there particular things that you're looking for as a parent?

Mr. Koger: "Just a personal comfort with the kids and coaching staff.  Also the facilities with an emphasis on education.  How do they approach the educational aspect of it?  Things like that."

What were the academic presentations like at the schools?

Mr. Koger: "When we were up at Michigan before (i.e. before the camp trip) we got a chance to tour the academic center and I was real impressed with how they do things."

What about Ohio State?  Have you had a chance to tour their academic facilities?

Mr. Koger: "No, but that's something we are going to be doing in the near future."

Have you advised Kevin to pay a lot of attention to the depth charts at each of the schools, or are you telling him not to worry about it too much?

Mr. Koger: "Yeah, we do look at depth charts.  You wouldn't just go into a situation like this without looking at the depth chart. But my main thing is that if you're good enough…you'll get on the field."
Kevin said that he felt like he had a better chance to play early at Michigan.  From your perspective, when you looked at the depth charts, what did you see?

Mr. Koger: "Well, yes… he's right about maybe being able to play earlier at Michigan because of what we saw and what we were told when we were there.  The number of tight ends that they have…one of them is a converted fullback, another one is like a walk-on.  So he is looking at that.  He feels he would have a better chance of playing earlier at Michigan."

Kevin has always mentioned his plan for making an early decision.  Was that your idea, or was that something that Kevin decided upon himself?

Mr. Koger: "We talked about getting it out of the way before his season started so he could concentrate on what he needed to do. The other thing you have to think about is that these schools are recruiting other players too.  I told him that It's good to sit back and take your time, but don't take too much time.  I told him that the recruiting process for these schools doesn't start and end with him." 

As a self-admitted Michigan fan, was it ever hard for you step back and say, 'hey son, go into this process with an open mind?"

Mr. Koger: "That was easy to do because when you go into a thing like this, you can't go into it strictly looking at it from your heart.  You've got to use your head in this too.  I mean, Ohio State is an arch-rival and all of that, but they're a good situation down there too."

Ultimately, what do you feel are going to be the most significant factors in your son's choice?

Mr. Koger: "From both angles, mine and his, just how comfortable he is with the coaching staff and the players.  That pretty much is the thing right there."

In your travels, have you guys gotten a chance to talk to some of the players at the schools?

Mr. Koger: "No, we really haven't had a chance to do that yet.  I've seen some around, but as far as really getting a chance to interact with them, I haven't really seen that."

Is he going to make it back up to both schools to interact with the players?

Mr. Koger: "That's what I would like to do.  I'll be on vacation for the next two weeks, so I'm going to talk to him about (visiting the two schools again).  Not the same day, but during these next couple of weeks let's make another run."

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