Signing Day Capsule: Kevin Koger

Prospect who is getting looks on both sides of the football. Earned All-City honors as a tight end and defensive end as a junior and is getting early interest and offers from several programs. Picked Michigan over an offer from Ohio State. Is friends with fellow recruit Elliott Mealer. Second tight end in the class of 2008.

Kevin Koger
Tight End 6-4/225/4.65
Whitmer HS (Toledo, OH)
NR: **** - Position Rank: 6 Player Video
Junior Highlights –

His Recruiting Story
Michigan's recruitment of Kevin Koger was another classic border battle with the hated Ohio State Buckeyes. Despite growing up just inside the Ohio border, Koger entered his recruitment an ardent Michigan supporter. With an open mind, however, the talented four-star prospect decided to give the Ohio State Buckeyes a serious look.

Seemingly in Ohio State's favor, the Wolverines already had a commitment from tight end Brandon Moore. Unsure of where he would be utilized if he were to choose his childhood favorite come signing day, the Buckeyes surged into the lead over the summer months.

In the end, however, after making last minute trips to each university, Michigan just felt right. On July 18, Koger made the plunge and called the Michigan coaching staff to give them his verbal commitment.

"I just felt like I was more comfortable there," said Koger. "I also thought I would get more catches there in the offense compared to Ohio State."

"I already knew what I needed to know, really," responded Koger when asked if his last two trips made affected his final choice. "It was mainly for my mom so she could get up there and check it out. For a minute (earlier on), Ohio State did lead, but that just made it interesting."

With the retirement of head coach Lloyd Carr, teams across the region attempted to reopen Koger's recruitment, but after a brief conversation with new coach Rich Rodriguez, Koger's commitment was firm.

Besides Michigan and Ohio State, Kevin Koger selected Michigan over offers from Illinois, West Virginia, Michigan State and others.

GoBlueWolverine Commentary
Entering Michigan for the fall of 2008, Kevin Koger may have an edge over the rest of the competition at the tight end position. Despite being just a freshman, Whitmer High School's coaching staff modeled their offense off of that that was run at West Virginia by Rich Rodriguez.

With that in mind, the learning curve from high school to college does still exist, but don't expect the 6-foot-4, 225-pounder to take long adjusting to Michigan's spread attack.

"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."

Along with Brandon Moore, Koger provides a viable option to spread out the defense with good speed and size. As is often the case, strength and blocking is an area that may take an adjustment period for Koger as he gets comfortable in Ann Arbor.

Kevin Koger was also highly coveted as a defensive end during the recruiting process.

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