Reeve Koehler to Arkansas: Razorbacks Land 3-Star OL Recruit

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistJanuary 20, 2013

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One of the rising offensive line prospects of his class, Reeve Koehler had his pick of the litter in the recruiting process. In the end, the allure of playing on Saturdays at a top-flight school brought him to Arkansas, according to 247Sports' Hawgs247's Otis Kirk

Koehler... committed to the Arkansas coaches on Saturday... He told 247Sports' Brian Perroni at that time how much he liked the new offensive line coach, Sam Pittman, at Arkansas.

'Coach Pittman came over from Tennessee and he said part of him coming over was that they had to take me,” Koehler told Perroni. “It's nice knowing a coach feels that strongly about you.'

While Koehler's decision isn't an eye-opener, the young lineman had been rather quiet throughout the recruiting process. According to 247Sports, he recently cut his list to four schools (presumably Kansas, Arkansas, Tennessee and Cal), but there had been little word about where he was headed.

Now committed to the Razorbacks, Koehler will look to make an impact on Brett Bielema's offensive line. 

Koehler was a star at right tackle at Saint Louis School in Honolulu, Hawaii, but projects as a guard in college and is considered as such in most publications. A 3-star recruit, according to 247Sports' composite rankings, Koehler one of the best offensive guards in the nation.

Listed at 6'3" and 320 pounds, Koehler has developed the size necessary to compete in SEC. Still, Koehler's level of competition wasn't the best in high school and he will need time to develop—especially in pass protection.

That means he's unlikely to play all that much (if at all) as a freshman. Instead, he will work on honing his craft and becoming an anchor on the offensive line down the road for Arkansas.

If the coaching staff is patient, there's little reason to think Koehler won't become a strong interior lineman at the next level.