Goebel Enjoys Trip to Columbus

It was a good weekend for the Ohio State Buckeyes on the hardwood, but they also made strides in the recruitment of Garret Goebel, who is one of the top defensive tackles in the Midwest.

Garrett Goebel, a 6-foot-5, 270-pound defensive tackle from Montini Catholic High School in Lombard, Ill., has been receiving a plethora of recruiting attention over the past couple of months.

He has now racked up offers from programs like Ohio State, Arizona State, Oklahoma State, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Purdue, Michigan State, Northwestern, Vanderbilt and Iowa.

This weekend Goebel was in Columbus to learn more about Ohio State.

"It was awesome," Goebel explained when asked of the visit. "There were a lot of things that stood out. I loved the Woody Hayes facility. The coaches, the players, the people, and the campus all stood out to me."

"I really got to talk to almost all of the coaches. I talked to Coach (Jim) Tressel, Luke Fickell, Doc Tressel and the defensive line coach Jim Heacock."

"Coach Tressel was a really good guy. He told me that he wanted me to take my time make the right decision. He just seemed like he was a really great guy and would be a good coach to play for."

Goebel, who is also one of the best wrestlers in Illinois, was considering playing both sports on the next level, but he recently decided that he will only be playing football in college.

"I have decided that I will not be able to wrestle," Goebel informed. "It will just be football. It would be very hard to keep weight on and stay in shape to do both. It would be really demanding."

"I actually talked to Coach Fickell about it some. He was a State Heavyweight wrestler and he tried to do both. He told me that he only lasted about two weeks."

Goebel talked to a couple of players who have ties to wrestling in one-way or another.

"I met Dexter Larimore," Goebel said. "He just loved OSU and told me that it is a great place to be. I also got to meet James Laurinaitis."

Ohio State, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan State, Iowa, Arizona State and Minnesota have all been high on Goebel's list, but there may be some leaders beginning to emerge.

"Ohio State and Wisconsin are pretty much at the top for me right now," Goebel reported. "Ohio State was high up there for me and it really did not change much after the visit. I could not think of anything at all negative to say about Ohio State except for maybe the drive."

As a junior, Goebel racked up 16 tackles for loss on his way to All-Area and All-Conference honors for his play along the defensive line.

Next weekend he will be visiting the campus of Arizona State for Pat Tillman Day.

Goebel will be participating in Scout.com All-American Combine in Chicago on May, 19th.

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