Locking down Michigan’s crop of commitments has been one of the prime objectives for Rich Rodriguez in the early days of his tenure as the new Maize & Blue headman. As soon as he was given the green light to begin placing calls to Wolverine recruits (West Virginia had apparently scoffed at him placing calls to Michigan’s recruits while still technically an employee), he began doing so.
“He called me the Sunday after he got the job,” Kevin Koger said. “The conversation was just basically him introducing himself. I had already met him though. He was just talking about his coaching staff and stuff like that. He said he would know about his staff after the first of the year.”
Many recruiting observers surmised that Koger would be one of the commitments primed for the plucking because of the position he plays. The speculation was that other suitors were primed to pepper him with questions about how he fit into Rodriguez’s scheme. However, with Rodriguez on the job for a few weeks now, Koger has actually seen the number suitors dwindle.
“I haven’t really heard much from other schools recently,” Koger reported. “They’ve started to back off. I’m set on Michigan.”
So what of the questions about how Koger fits into the offense?
“We didn’t go that in-depth during the conversation,” Koger said regarding his recent interaction with Rodriguez. “He said that after the dead period he’d be getting in contact with me.”
“But I know about the offense,” Koger continued. “Me and some of my coaches went down there at the end of spring and we basically stole their offense. That’s what we ran at Whitmer. I see how I can fit it.”
At this point Koger is more concerned with helping out the Whitmer basketball team, which is off to a 4-1 start. He is also living with a heavy heart these days since his good friend Elliott Mealer was in a terrible car crash that claimed the lives of his father and girlfriend.
“I haven’t been able to get in contact with him since it happened,” Koger said. “I just hope I can talk to him soon.”