May 19, 2008

Koebensky picks up Arizona State offer

Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro offensive lineman Kody Koebensky picked up a scholarship offer from Arizona State on Monday in a phone conversation with multiple Sun Devil coaches, including Dennis Erickson.

"I talked to coach Stretz and he then put coach Erickson on the phone and he is the one who offered me," Koebensky said. "Then I talked to the offensive line coach, coach Smith for a little bit and then he put coach Stretz back on the phone. He said that they just got back from recruiting on the road and that I would be a great fit or their team and he really likes me film, and he gave my congrats on the offer."

Koebensky is one of a handful of Sabercats being recruited at the highest level, including elite defensive lineman Corey Adams, fellow end Justin Jungblut, running back Beau Burton, tight end Max Smith, defensive back Paul Porras and quarterback Cole Rarrick.

"I just got out of class for lunch so I'm about to tell a bunch of the guys," Koebensky said.

The 6-foot-3, 293-pounder plays offensive tackle for Saguaro, but he expects to play guard in college. At the Stanford Nike Camp on Saturday, Koebensky made an adjustment early in one-one-ones that translated to a successful segment of the event.

"The biggest thing from me was just, they were lining up real close to the line and I had to lock out faster," Koebensky said. "I was playing guard which is where I'll be in college most likely, and I'm used to setting at tackle like I do in high school so that was a little bit different."

Saguaro has had dozens of college coaches swarm the school during recent evaluation weeks, and it's led to increasing attention for Koebensky and his teammates.

"It's good. I just gives you more chances for exposure. I lot of those guys are there for Corey but they can also see a guy like me and it opens their eyes."

Koebensky was offered by Utah late last week, and now has five offers, the others being Army, Montana and San Diego State. Other schools, including Arizona, Colorado, Oregon and Oregon State, are actively recruiting him.

"I still want to see what comes but right now ASU is definitely the top school because they are Pac-10 and a really successful program," Koebensky said. "It's still early but I'm liking what I see right now."

Koebensky and Adams are extremely close friends, and there has been talk about the two of them, and perhaps others on the team as well, playing together in college.

"Corey likes ASU and I like ASU and I guess we've talked about it. "Corey can go anywhere he wants. We'll see what he wants to do. It would be awesome but we're still going to each do what we feel is best for us. If the chance presents itself we'll talk about it a little more."

An early commitment is something Koebensky has thought about, but he is more inclined to see how his recruitment unfolds in the coming months.

"I'm not going to count it out, I'm not going to say I won't," he said. "It will just depend on the school and how I feel about everything at that time. I like ASU, UA, Oregon and Oregon State is showing a lot of interest. Colorado is a real good program. My uncle went to UCLA, so I like them too.

"For a football program, I just really want to go to a team that is going to bowl games every year. I've heard they are unbelievable and I just want to experience that a lot. I also really want to go to a good school because the education part of it is very important too.

"I'm not really looking to go away or stay here per se, it's more about what the school has to offer me than where it is."

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