Kohler Visits UCLA and China

The #7-ranked offensive tackle prospect in the nation, Erik Kohler from Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian, recently took a couple of visits -- one to UCLA's campus to visit the Bruins' practice, and another one to China...

Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian offensive tackle Erik Kohler (6-5, 280), the top offensive lineman in the West, is back from a trip to China, and ready to get back in the mix of his offseason workouts and recruitment.

Kohler went to China with his school, an experience he said was unforgettable.

"It was pretty awesome there. Getting a chance to go there meant a lot to me. Now I'm adjusting to being back," said Kohler.

While away, his contact with college football programs was limited, but he was planning to reacquaint himself with the coaches at schools who are recruiting him.

"I'm working out again hard, so I hope that some people start looking at me," said Kohler. "If I get a new offer, that would be awesome."

Already Kohler owns scholarship offers from California, UCLA, Arizona, Arizona State, Notre Dame, Washington and Stanford and another Pac-10 school could be next.

"I think Oregon's going to offer, though I'm not 100% sure," said Kohler. "They said once they get looking at some of my film, I think they're interested in me, so I think they'll offer."

Kohler was at UCLA's practice on Tuesday, having been to their Junior Day earlier this spring and several games during the fall. "It went really well," Kohler said. "I showed up at about 2:30 and was shown around the locker room and the equipment room where they had my jersey number hanging up. Then I saw the weight room. I got to talk with the offensive line coach, Bob Palcic, and the strength and conditioning coach, Mike Linn, the most. It was a really good trip."

His visits to UCLA aren't over. "I'm planning on going to their Spring Game on Saturday, too, at the Rose Bowl," said Kohler. "UCLA is recruiting me pretty hard."

Meanwhile, Cal has made a big impression on him, Kohler having attended the Bears' Junior Day in March. The Bears also recently landed a commitment from his good friend and teammate, defensive tackle Cassius Marsh.

"Cal's recruiting me pretty hard, too, and now Cassius is already starting to talk to me about going to Cal," said Kohler. "I mean, obviously, there will be pressure because he did commit to that school, but he knows it will mainly be my decision. But he's talking them up to me."

Still, Kohler said no school has emerged as a leader.

"I'm pretty wide open right now, I just like it that way," said Kohler. "It gives me a chance to see all of my options. I want to make a decision by June but if I can't make a decision by then, then I'll announce my top 2-3 and have a decision by early/late August."

Ranked the #7 offensive tackle prospect nationally by Scout.com, Kohler was a First Team All-State Underclass pick after helping lead the Lions to their sixth straight CIF-SS title and a 14-0 record.

Academically, Kohler is in fine shape, carrying a 3.3 and achieving a qualifying ACT score.

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