Huskies impress Kohler

Oaks Christian OT Erik Kohler, one of the top offensive line prospects in the country, visited Washington this weekend and came away impressed with what he saw. caught up with the talented offensive line prospect and he updated us on things including how his friend and teammate, QB Nick Montana, is already hard at work trying to get him go become a Husky as well...

"He's already been hard at work on me," Kohler said with a chuckle about Montana's recruiting for the Huskies. "He told me about his visit to Washington and how great it was up there and that the new staff was really great.

"We've talked about things and about possibly playing together, but he knows I need to investigate and see all that I need to see before I can make a decision."

Kohler had already been up to Seattle to check out things when Tyrone Willingham was at the helm of the Husky program so he said this visit was about meeting and getting to know the new staff.

"They are so energetic and really focused on winning," Kohler said. "Their team motto is 'Expect to Win' and I can just tell by listening to them and talking with them that they are going to get back to winning really quickly.

"Me and my family sat down with coach (Steve) Sarkisian and he told us what he's trying to do and his philosophy on how to get things done. He said I could be an important piece to the puzzle if I end up committing there. He said last year is behind them and the program and they are focused on winning championships and that was really great to hear."

The talented tackle prospect said making Washington that much more attractive is the commitment of his friend as well as what his family thinks about the direction of things at Montlake.

"For Nick and Joe (Montana) to believe in what those coaches are doing (at Washington), that is pretty impressive," Kohler said. "It shows me they have a plan and if someone as knowledgeable as their family sees the coaches' vision for things, that's pretty impressive to me."

Kohler has offers from across the country and he said while Washington has vaulted itself into serious contention for his commitment, he still wants to check out some other schools before making his final decision.

"I really loved it up there and all that they are about, but I'm still going to follow through with my plans to visit some other schools before I make my commitment to anyone," Kohler said. "I'm possibly visiting Cal next weekend, but right now I'm not too sure on that. I will visit them sometime soon though.

"I'm also going to visit Notre Dame and the two Arizona schools (Arizona and Arizona State). I'm not sure when those visits will take place, but I should have them set up pretty soon."

Kohler said he would like to make his final decision before his senior year begins in September.

We'll have more from Kohler down the road after he takes his other unofficial visits, but it's safe to say his visit to Montlake this weekend has done a lot for Washington's chances with him.

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