After a year where the numbers of offensive line prospects were down on the offensive front in the Golden State of California it appears that things will be better at the position for the class of 2010. One of the best in the next class is Erik Kohler (6-5, 265, 4.9) from CIF Champion, Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian.
Kohler has all the obvious things you look for in an offensive lineman. He has good size, is very quick and smart. He has good strength and plays the position the way it should be played. He's very competitive and should be a multiple offer. He already has two known offers and there could be two more.
The two known offers are from UCLA and Arizona, the other two offers, but not verified are from Oregon and Stanford.
Before too long, both Stanford and Oregon could be in the confirmed offer list. The word is he could end up having offers from every school in the Pac 10, plus it is a good bet that he will get offers from other conferences as well.
Kohler's head coach Bill Redell just returned from coaching the nation's best in the US Army All-American game and he is convinced that his player in on par with the guys he coached in that All-Star game.
"I just coached at the US Army All-American Bowl and Erik can play with those guys," Redell said. "He's a dominating player."
"Erik is definitely a major Pac 10 or any other major college recruit," Redell said. "He's outstanding in all the techniques. He's excellent in pass pro and he's like I said dominating, especially in the run game."
"Erik is a solid young man who has great grades and is already qualified," Redell said. "He can play for anybody."
In the weight room, Kohler's current bench is 300 and he squats 400. He earned first-team all-league, first-team all-county and first-team all-area as a junior. All-CIF honors haven't been announced yet, but it is a good bet that he will all-CIF honors as well.
Definitely a player to keep your eye on out of the class of 2010.