Goebel Excited to be a Buckeye

It was crucial that Jim Tressel and his Ohio State Buckeyes secured a solid defensive tackle in the 2008 recruiting class. Despite the huge need they did not cast a wide net, but instead concentrated on Illinois prospect Garret Goebel. This afternoon that recruiting method paid off.

Garrett Goebel, a 6-foot-4, 270-pound defensive tackle from Montini Catholic High in Lomabard, Ill., was more than excited when he called Scout.com to announce his collegiate intentions.

"I just got off the phone and I have committed to Jim Tressel and the Ohio State Buckeyes," Goebel exclaimed!

The Scout.com four-star prospect had recently narrowed his list to Ohio State and Michigan. A recent trip to Ann Arbor had many Buckeye fans questioning whether or not Goebel would indeed become a member of the 2008 class.

"It was everything really," Goebel said of the ultimate reasoning behind his final decision. "It was the coaches, the players, and the facilities.

As a junior, Goebel racked up 16 tackles for loss and nine sacks on his way to All-Area and All-Conference honors for his play along the defensive line. He bench presses 345 pounds.

Goebel reports a 2.7 core GPA and a 22 ACT. He's fully qualified and does not plan on taking the SAT or retaking the ACT.

Goebel was also a Scout.com All-Combine selection after impressing the scouts at the Scout.com Combine in Chicago.

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