June 13, 2008

Koebensky: ASU offer 'too good to pass up'

Less than a month after he was offered a scholarship by Arizona State coaches, Scottsdale Saguaro offensive lineman Kody Koebensky decided he was ready to end his recruitment and commit to the hometown school.

"I just went in to see coach Erickson today and coach Stretz was there and I just felt like it was time to do it so I told them I was ready to be a Sun Devil," Koebensky said. "I didn't see any reason to play it out any longer because I knew that's where I wanted to go. The offer was too good to pass up. They just welcomed me to the ASU family and said they were excited to have me."

Koebensky, a 6-foot-3, 293-pounder, is arguably the top offensive line prospect in the state. He's currently ranked No. 1 in Arizona and No. 61 overall in the nation at the guard position.

The Sun Devils immediately became the favorite to land Koebensky when they offered him a scholarship on May 19th. He also reported offers from Arizona, Army, Montana, San Diego State and Utah, with Colorado, Oregon, Oregon State and Washington State actively involved.

"They last week or so I've been talking about it with my family and my coaches and I didn't see the sense in waiting," Koebensky said. "I felt really comfortable with ASU and the coaching staff there is a great. I think it's obvious coach Erickson really knows what he's doing and so do the other coaches.

"Today I spent some time just watching film with coach Smith and seeing how ASU does some of their stuff with the offensive line. I really liked that and I want to get as much of a jump as possible on learning the system and I'll definitely watch them play this year with that on my mind."

Koebensky attended ASU's junior day and several of the team's spring football scrimmages, and he's planning to be in attendance for the team's Maroon and Gold Camp this Sunday, where he will be joined by several of his teammates who are also being recruited by the Sun Devils.

"I really hope that I can get some of those guys to come with me (to attend ASU), like Corey (Adams) and Max (Smith)," Koebensky said. "I think Corey is going to take his visits and go through the process but ASU has as good a shot at him as any other team I'd say. I know Max really likes ASU a lot too and he might even commit if he gets offered but we'll just have to see what happens with it."

Koebensky is the four overall recruit to commit to the Sun Devils in the 2009 class, and second from Arizona, joining Tempe Marcos de Niza'a Anthony Rose.

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