Touted offensive guard Kyle Koehne has committed to sign with Florida. Koehne was in Gainesville, Fla. for the Gators’ blowout win over LSU last weekend. He has also visited Boston College.
The Florida Gators already had three offensive linemen in the class of 2009 prior to this weekend. Now after hosting tons of visitors this past weekend, the Gators have added another offensive lineman to this years class in Kyle Koehne.
“My entire trip to Florida has been awesome and I decided to commit to Florida,” Koehne said via text message on Sunday afternoon.
The 6-6, 290-pounder wanted to wait a couple days before going public with his commitment as he wanted to contact coaches from the other schools that were recruiting him. The list included Michigan State, North Carolina State, Louisville, Iowa and Indiana.
Florida recruited Koehne to play center and the Indianapolis, Indiana native will likely compete for playing time next year with redshirt freshman Sam Robey.
When Gator Country spoke with Kyle’s father prior to the family’s trip this weekend, Mr. Koehne said his family was really looking forward to making the trip.
“We are really excited to be having an official visit to Florida this weekend,” Mr. Koehne said. “It should be a great college environment. I know Kyle is anxious to spend time with Coach [Urban] Meyer and Coach [Steve} Addazio and meet a lot of the players.”
Stay tuned for a more in-depth interview later…
Koehne is a powerful offensive lineman that will play guard at the next level He has great size and uses his height and weight to his advantage. Excels at all phases of run blocking. Very technically sound, especially in terms of footwork. Takes good short step on the base block allowing him to get square on defender and get in proper position to control the opponent. Delivers a good solid blow with the hands while keeping pads down maintaining leverage on the defensive lineman. Legs keep moving resulting in movement at the point of attack; sustains the block and is a good finisher. Takes proper lateral firs step on the zone scheme allowing him to pick up slant or angle move by the defender; continues on to second level if no defender to block at the line of scrimmage. Does an excellent job of picking up and controlling level two linebacker. Solid double team blocker in terms of movement off the line of scrimmage but could be a little less angular at times. Good three step pass protector in terms of jarring the defender with an immediate blow delivery stopping him in his tracks. Needs to work a little bit on foot agility on deep set; must be careful not to be beaten on the edge. Uses hands and arms well but needs to keep weight down and shuffle feet. Koehne is a very good offensive lineman that dominates the man over him especially in the running game. Gives outstanding effort at all times.
2007: Class 4A all-state selection as a junior. Official visit to Boston College – Sept. 5th. Also recruited by Cincinnati, Iowa, Michigan State…