Confused about the status of KU football target Reeve Koehler? You're not alone.


By now, many of you surely have realized that St. Louis High offensive lineman Reeve Koehler, of Honolulu, did not actually announce his college decision at last weekend’s U.S. Army All-Star Game.

He still hasn’t, in fact, and there are a couple of reasons why.

First, he’s still taking and scheduling visits. What once looked like a lock for Tennessee, quickly became wide open when the Volunteers fired coach Derek Dooley after the season and that created a situation where Koehler, who has more than a dozen BCS offers, had to "begin" the recruiting process a little later than most.

Tennessee remains in the mix for Koehler, whose size varies depending upon which web site you’re looking at ( lists him at 6-foot-3, 280 pounds and ESPN lists him at 6-4, 320), but the Vols appear to be a longshot at this point. Several recruiting services have reported that Koehler’s finalists are Arkansas and Kansas.

Koehler is expected to take an official visit to Arkansas on Jan. 18, when he will meet with new Hogs head coach Brett Bielema. The four-star offensive guard visited Kansas in November.

During the time that Koehler pushed back his decision, St. Louis teammate, Colton Goeas, a linebacker, orally committed to the Jayhawks. It was believed by many throughout the recruiting process that Goeas and Koehler were a packaged deal. Both seemed headed to Tennessee before Dooley’s departure. Now, the possibility exists that the two will go their separate ways. But that's not for a lack of Goeas trying.

Shortly after committing to KU, Goeas talked about trying to get Koehler on board.

“I already started recruiting him after I made the call to (KU) coach (Charlie) Weis,” Goeas told Jon Kirby of “I’m going to try and convince him to go with me.”

Many believe that the Razorbacks will be tough to beat for Koehler’s services, but the talented lineman has said all along that KU had done a wonderful job of recruiting him and that the Jayhawks were very legit contenders.

The bottom line at this point appears to be this: If Koehler makes a decision before Jan. 18, the Jayhawks would be in great shape. If he waits until after his Arkansas visit, the whole thing is wide open.

KU has just a couple of spots open — and only four weeks remaining — to fill the 2013 recruiting class. National signing day is set for Feb. 6.

Stay tuned...


Dyrk Dugan 5 years, 6 months ago

well, i don't know about the confused part about all of he didn't make an announcement at a preset time....that's never happened before? :)

he would be a great get, no doubt. and i don't think it matters that he visits Arkansas....Combs went to KSU after us...and then committed to us. so it's just a matter of where he feels the most comfortable...and his teammate is coming to Lawrence so that's a plus for us.

the good news is, we already have a great class coming in...and so with him or without him, this recruiting season will be a success. we'd love to have you Reeve.....go Jayhawks!

Karen Mansfield-Stewart 5 years, 6 months ago

We seem to be upgrading at nearly every position - except perhaps wide receiver (I may be wrong - I don't follow it religiously). Is the coaching staff making any efforts to add another quality receiver?

Great progress regardless. I'm looking forward to next year!

KGphoto 5 years, 6 months ago

We'll see. Two guys I thought would be stud WRs recently couldn't cut it under coach Weis. Marquis Jackson and Jacorey Shepherd.

I really thought those guys were locks to be exceptional receivers when we recruited them. Those two were rated slightly higher than all three of those guys you just listed.

The best thing they have going for them over Jackson and Shepherd is that Weis hand picked them. I hope you are right and they are upgrades.

55jayhawk 5 years, 6 months ago

Yesterday I made a comment regarding Reeve Koehler that might not sit well with some because I thought I saw a lack of coord.,speed, and balance in the High School All American game this past weekend. I do trust our coaching staff to select the recuits that will best fit in to our program. There is no doubt he will continue toimprove in his skills and speed once he gets under our conditioning and strength program at KU. Mr. Koehler, if you are reading these comments and stories, I would like to say this to you: There is no question where you should play football and get your degree. KU has it over Arkansas hands down in football and college life. I have every confidence we will continue to see the positive changes in our football program & hope you will be part of it. I had a choice in attending KU or Yale at New Haven on an athletic scholarship, & wisely chose KU and have never looked back. Don't make a mistake if you like KU, as this has nothing to do with your friend Colton Goeas. Coach Weiss, his coaches, & the KU family will make you into a solid player at KU that will help you later in life whether it be football or another vocation after college.

GabrielMichael 5 years, 6 months ago

Hey, I am in Little Rock on business and am hearing on sport talk radio that Beilema is flying to visit Koehler this weekend. Just a heads up to any one who cares.

If Mr. Koehler is paying attention... we would love for you to come play football at our proud institution. We are a year ahead of Arkansas in our rebuild project and only 5 years removed from a BCS victory. There's also agreater opportunity of winning a league championship here too.

Rock Chalk Jayhawk!

CrystalJones 5 years, 6 months ago

Well, I wouldn't say we're "a year ahead of Arkansas in our rebuild project." Arkansas finished 12th in the BCS last year and won the Cotton Bowl, while we have won only 3 games in the past two seasons. Arkansas won 4 games this season, while we only won 1.

I think it's quite a stretch to compare our recent record with that of Arkansas.

Jackster 5 years, 6 months ago

Koehler commits to the Hogs By: Richard Davenport Published: Saturday, January 19, 2013 Honolulu St. Louis high school offensive lineman Reeve Koehler, 6-3, 315, 5.2 has committed to Arkansas.

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