WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Traverse City (Mich.) West offensive lineman Rocko Khoury admits Northern Michigan isn't one of the most fertile areas for high profile football recruits. He knows to get even more attention from the college coaches, he's going to have to help himself get even more exposure, which is why he drove 6 hours for the NIKE Training Camp Saturday at Purdue University.
"Northern Michigan isn't the easiest place to get to, so sometimes you have to go where the coaches are," he said. "I also came to learn a lot. I learned a lot about the pass drops. I didn't do a lot of that last year. We were mainly a running team. I came to this to get more attention, to get noticed more and to see some coaches in person that I hadn't had a chance to meet yet."
The plan worked.
Khoury was one of the top linemen in a very deep offensive line group on Saturday. His 6-foot-6, 282-pound frame allowed him to be a lot more physical than the others he faced. Khoury moved his feet really well and his lower-body strength was really good. What's even more impressive is that he's still got plenty of room to fill into his impressive frame.
"I had three really good reps on the O-line one-on-ones and then the last one was a little weak, but still I was very pleased today," he said. "I was almost too aggressive at times. That's how I am. That's how I play. I'd rather been out there in full pads killing people. But either way the result would have been the same."
Khoury, who has a brother playing at Central Michigan, said he's still searching for his first official offer, but there are plenty of schools showing him early attention.
"There were a couple of coaches that came up to me after the camp, said I did a good job and gave me their cards," he said. "A few of them said 'come to camp, so we can see you some more.' It was a good experience. It was well worth the trip. Right now, it's mostly the Midwest, Big Ten schools that aren't too far from home that interest me. But that really doesn't matter though."
Cincinnati, Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Purdue, Wisconsin and Central Michigan are the schools showing him the most interest, he said.