November 10, 2011

Goebel a familiar name

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The Ohio State football team has received some solid contributions from junior defensive tackle Garrett Goebel this fall. The Buckeyes grabbed Goebel in the 2008 class out of the state of Illinois and the staff could be heading back to Illinois in the 2013 class as they have targeted Goebel's younger cousin, Colin Goebel. The 6-foot-4, 275-pound offensive guard is already generating plenty of interest from college programs all over the Midwest.

"I have three offers, Northern Illinois, Eastern Michigan, and Toledo," said Goebel. "Iowa, Illinois, Vanderbilt, USC, Michigan, Ohio State, and a couple more Big Ten schools (are showing interest)."

Ohio State running backs coach Dick Tressel is responsible for recruiting Goebel's area and he has been by Goebel's high school multiple times over the last few years.

"(Ohio State) has came to see me every year (at the school)," Goebel explained. "I talk to coach (Dick) Tressel a lot."

Goebel hasn't been too active when it comes to unofficial visits though he has taken two during the fall.

"I was at the Purdue/Notre Dame game and the Illinois/Ohio State game," he said. "They were awesome. They were only my second and third college games that I ever went to and I got to talk to the coaches a lot (at Illinois and Purdue)."

Despite Goebel's connection to his older cousin, the big lineman says he is wide open in the early stages of his recruitment. The athletic guard/center had an outstanding junior season.

"My season was good individually," he explained. "I made first team all-conference and was offensive lineman of the year in my conference and I was all-area. As a team we only made it to the first round and lost, it was disappointing because we expected to go further."

When asked to assess his strengths and weaknesses, Goebel pointed to his athleticism as one of the positives that he brings to the table.

"I'm really athletic for my height and weight and I'm strong, too," he said. "I'm working on my flexibility and like my hand placement and stuff."

Like his older cousin, Goebel is also a wrestler and he is looking forward to his first practice on Thursday. Goebel said that his time on the mat helps him a lot on the football field.

"It helps a ton," he said. "I'm starting on Thursday and it just helps with hand fighting and just with body control and everything else."

Goebel plans to focus heavily on his wrestling season over the next few months but did mention three schools he would like to visit unofficially in the spring.

"I'll probably just focus on wrestling (for the rest of the college football season) but I should take some junior day visits in the spring," he said. "I'll probably go to Michigan, Iowa, and Ohio State."


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