RECRUITING: German import high on Oklahoma

Grandbury, Texas OL still learning the game, but has tremendous potential

BASTIAN SCHOBER, OL, 6'3, 290, 5.1, GRANDBURY, TEXAS:

Bastian is such a raw talent that he is literally still learning the game. Bastian transferred to Grandbury last season from Germany, where he started playing the game as a club sport in 1999.

"The biggest step was actually moving to America," said Schober. "I accomplish more athletically over here. The coaching is much better here in Texas than in Germany and the weight lifting is very advanced for athletes my age group. I knew the language before I came over here, but it has been tough being a ways from family for so long."

So how did Schober get to the United States?

"A gentleman saw me playing in a European all-star game and worked it out where I could play in the United States, learn the game of football and hopefully go to college."

Schober can bench 350 pounds, squats 580 and he has a 27-inch vertical jump. Schober has given up all sports, including soccer, to concentrate on power-lifting and working the gym to improve his athletic ability for football.

Schober went back to Germany for five weeks this summer to visit his family, but he will attend the Southwest Missouri camp next week. Schober is still looking to earn that first D-1 scholarship, but he is in constant contact with a number of outstanding programs.

"I have heard and have talked to TCU, Iowa State, Southwest Missouri State, Nebraska and OU," said Schober. "OU is a very nice school, but I haven't been up to their campus yet. I really think I would love to play for them and I am beginning to learn about their history. I don't have a favorite right now, but I will start to develop a list once some offers start coming in."

Schober has also become an excellent pass blocker and the only thing that holds him back now is fundamentals, but once he masters the art of being an offensive lineman, Schober will quickly move up the Texas offensive line charts.

Bastian has qualified.

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