Koehne Has "Great Feet"

Koehne was an all-state player as a junior.

In this past recruiting class, Notre Dame was able to secure a signature from Braxston Cave, perhaps the best offensive lineman in the state of Indiana. The Irish coaching staff is targeting a few of the Hoosier state's best in the trenches again this year, and they have their eyes on Kyle Koehne.

During the fall, Notre Dame defensive coordinator Corwin Brown made a trip down to Koehne's Indianapolis Cathedral High School. The Irish have been hitting him with regular mail, and the 6-foot-6, 290-pound offensive tackle will be attending the Irish's junior day on Sunday.

"I'm pretty excited," Koehne stated.

Kyle Koehne already holds scholarship offers from Iowa, Indiana, Cincinnati and North Carolina State. Ohio State, Boston College, Purdue, Georgia, Nebraska and Notre Dame are showing interest.

Cathedral head coach Jim O'Hara has compared Koehne to another former Cathedral standout Jeremy Trueblood, an offensive tackle that played with Boston College and now the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Koehne certainly showed his potential at the U.S. Army National Combine the first week of January in San Antonio, Texas, as he was named to the all-combine team by Scout.com.

"Schools like my foot speed, my agility mostly, and also the Iowa coach told me my technique," Koehne said.

Notre Dame offensive line coach John Latina told Koehne he likes his footwork.

One of Koehne's Cathedral coaches and a friend of Latina's, Bill Smith, worked the Notre Dame camp over the summer. Koehne and a couple teammates came up to South Bend for a day of camp the week after Smith was gone, but thanks to him, Latina was already filled in on who Koehne was.

"It was kind of funny," Koehne said. "We hit it off quickly. Coach Latina expected a lot out of me because Schmiddy is a good coach.

"We worked on all technique and stuff for linemen, run blocking and pass protection stuff. Just foot drills and firing out of your stance.

"He said he was real impressed with me and that I had great feet, and that he was hoping to talk to me more in the future. He told me he wanted to get me up to a couple games."

Koehne was unable to attend a Notre Dame game this fall, but he has made the two-hour drive north a couple times for games.

"I love the campus," Koehne stated. "Who doesn't love the campus?

"Definitely the tradition and stuff," Koehne added about why he likes Notre Dame. "I grew up in Indiana, always hearing about Notre Dame and it would be awesome to go there. I like the coaches I've met, especially coach Latina. It's a great school."

In helping Cathedral advance to the class 4-A semi state, Koehne graded out at an 82 percent, and was named first team all-state by the Associated Press. He reports a bench press of 310 pounds, and a squat of 400 pounds.

"A kid his size, I think what I'm intrigued about the most is his potential to get stronger and more wise about the game," offensive coordinator and line coach Mic Roessler said. "He has exceptional feet which I know as an offensive lineman is a primary asset. He is very coachable. I think with all that tied together he has the world tied at his grasp and he can do pretty much what he wants to.

"He has a little bit of a mean streak in him. I think that's what stands out when he goes to these camps."

Besides Notre Dame, Koehne has camped at Ohio State, Florida, Illinois, Cincinnati and Purdue. He has also seen the campuses at Iowa and Indiana.

"I'm hoping to make a decision before my senior season starts," Koehne said. "I'd like to make it in the summer, but if I haven't got all my offers by then, I'll wait it out until I find a school I like.

"I'm looking for just good coaches, good tradition, a solid system and then players, I'd like to come in and have good chemistry with them. And last the facilities, and I'd like to have a good environment."

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