Dan Koenig: His Coach's Take

GoPokes.com interviewed the high school coach for each of the Oklahoma State commitments in the days leading up to National Signing Day. In this installment of "His Coach's Take," we visit with Cape Coral (Fla.) High School head coach Mike Goebbel about Dan Koenig, a 6-6, 260-pound offensive lineman who is following in the footsteps of his brothers Doug (2003) and David (2004-07) at OSU.

What are his strengths as a football player?
Mike Goebbel: His strength as an offensive lineman is his athleticism. He's very athletic, plays with good flexion in his knees and ankles, and plays with pretty good leverage. In high school, as tall as he is, he had to go against a lot of shorter guys but still was able to leverage them.

What do you believe will be his biggest challenge in going from high school to playing in the Big 12?
Mike Goebbel: He's going to naturally get bigger and stronger. I think that's going to be his thing right there. He has the body to grow, and from what I understand he had two brothers that went there and he's the bigger of the three coming out of high school. So if it plays out like it has in the past, he'll definitely be that 6-6, 6-7 guy, probably around 305. But his challenge will be taking on the speed on the edge. Where most everybody who saw him saw him as a natural tackle. It will probably be just getting used to that speed.

Was there one game, or maybe even one play, during his career that you'll always remember?
Mike Goebbel: Oh geez, it was almost like a weekly event where we were sitting watching film while we were reviewing our game, and we saw Danny just take somebody and absolutely slam them. He has that little bit of nastiness in him, and when he got a chance to put somebody on their back, he did so. Like I said, it was almost a weekly deal for him.

What are three words that describe him as a football player?
Mike Goebbel: I describe him as angelic looking but plays with a nastiness of some of the toughest guys I've been around. If you look at him, he looks like he can be a choirboy. He's got that baby face, blond hair, and just kind of a good-looking kid but you put the pads on him and let him go after somebody and it's like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

Why do you think he chose Oklahoma State?
Mike Goebbel: Obviously he had a great feel for the place. It must have been a great situation, a great place for him to go to watch his brothers play. So I think that was already laid out there for him. He already had that good feeling. When I was recruiting college myself, my closing statement to a recruit was always, ‘If you feel good leaving here you'll be back, and if you don't you won't.' I think he had a good feeling about Oklahoma State. I tried to open some doors for him to help him look elsewhere and maybe be his own person instead of one more Koenig going to Oklahoma State. But again I think the feel that he has when he's there, he just feels at home. I think he feels at home there.

What type of impact to you expect him to have on the OSU football program?
Mike Goebbel: I can't see him being a starter as a freshman because of size but I think a year in their program and a year of weight-lifting and a year of being on a training table and so on, I think they are going to get a real surprise in this guy. He isn't an All-American coming out of high school but he's going to be that guy, if he's redshirted, that they'll get three or four years out of him, and he's going to be very, very productive.

Over the course of his college career, whether it be four or five years, what do you expect him to accomplish?
Mike Goebbel: I think his potential is unlimited. When I was talking to recruiters over the last year or so (about Dan), I would just tell them that I thought his best football was ahead of him although he's had a great high school career. I think it's very rare that you find a kid who has his size that plays with his type of leverage, and it's natural. We haven't had to teach him to bend his knees, it's something that either a guy has or doesn't, and I think he has it. He plays with that bend so effortlessly.

What will you remember the most about coaching him?
Mike Goebbel: What I told most of the recruiters, and not just about him but the other guys too, that he's a great athlete but he's an even better person.

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