Four star DT forges bond with Cav, OSU staff

THE NO. 6 RATED prep defensive tackle prospect in the nation, Solomon Koehler out of Castle High in Kaneohe, Hi, says he doesn't expect recruiting to really get serious after his season. Still, the 6-2.5, 300-pounder offered some midseason impressions on Oregon State and the Beavers' staff and in particular, Mike Cavanaugh.

Koehler prefers the defensive side of the ball but some schools, like SDSU and Boise State, have talked to him about the offensive side of the ball possibly offering the most potential at the next level. Oregon State, he said, is a school where the possibility of playing offensive line would offer more positives than not.

"I like them," said Koehler. "They're a good program, a good coaching staff. That's a school I wouldn't mind playing offensive line for at all, for coach Cavanaugh over there.

"I'm not too sure what (position) they're looking at me for, but either side of the ball over there is (okay), I like all the coaches there."

That doesn't mean Koehler is ready to name the Beavs as one of his leaders. In fact, he said he doesn't have a leaders list at all, and probably won't until November/December.

"No, I don't have a top five (or leader). After I wrap up my season is when I'll focus on recruiting and that," said Koehler.

Koehler is going both ways this season, and has played every position along the offensive line for Castle High except center. According to local media accounts, he has dominated on both sides of the trenches.

SO MUCH IS recruiting in the rearview mirror during his senior season that Koehler said he has not yet set up any official visits.

"We've talked about it but right now I want to just focus on my team and playing hard," said Koehler, who will be taking the SAT later this year.

Koehler, who holds offers from Oregon State, Colorado, Oklahoma, San Diego State and Hawaii, said a program on the rise will be important to his decision.

"All those schools are recruiting real hard," he said.

Others who are lurking and "recruiting me hard," said Solomon, also include BYU, Boise State, Auburn, North Carolina, Texas Tech, Washington.

Chris Fetters, Northwest Recruiting Analyst for, says Koehler is blessed with rare natural strength and athleticism. But because those attribures have allowed to dominate at his current level, he hasn't yet honed his technique and fundamentals. Once he does, says Fetters, he would be unstoppable.

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