June 21, 2007

Decision nearing for tight end Koger

Toledo (Ohio) Whitmer tight end Kevin Koger was only in Ann Arbor briefly this week, attending the Michigan Summer Camp Wednesday, but that was enough time to accomplish his goal of getting to know the U-M coaching staff better as he prepares to make a decision on his future. He will visit Ohio State Friday, and told TheWolverine.com Thursday he has a timetable for making his intentions known …

"I am looking to make my decision next month," Koger said. "I feel like it will come down to Michigan and Ohio State, and I don't want my decision to take up my whole summer. I kind of want to make it and then focus on some other things I want to do this summer."

Koger didn't have an exact date on his decision, but said to "check back with me in July, because it will be then."

The 6-foot-4, 235-pound tight end, ranked as the 15th-best player in the state of Ohio and the No. 16 tight end nationally, has offers from his two favorites, as well as offers from Michigan State, Illinois, Purdue, West Virginia and Toledo. The recruiting process has been enjoyable, but he's not getting caught up in it.

"Football is something I love to do, and I feel like if you're playing football to get a scholarship you're playing for the wrong reasons," Koger said. "I think it's a bonus, but if I was just a guy that was going about my business without anyone noticing I'd be okay with that because I just love to play the game."

The Michigan coaching staff found his attitude refreshing, Koger said, and he, in turn, greatly enjoyed his conversations with offensive coordinator Mike DeBord and head coach Lloyd Carr.

"I thought they were really easy to talk to," he said. "The first time I met them I was real nervous and I don't think I had much to say, but at camp they were very laid back and the conversation was very comfortable. They talked to me a lot about how they use their tight ends. They played four guys last year, and they said that in Michigan's offense the tight ends catch a lot of balls.

"They were talking about their 1997 team and they had an All-American tight end and three of those guys are now in the NFL. That's pretty cool."

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