June 18, 2007

Goebel closing in on decision

There is a light at the end of the tunnel in the recruitment for Lombard (Ill.) defensive tackle Garrett Goebel. The 6-foot-5, 264-pounder made a weekend unofficial visit to the University of Michigan and now hopes to make a decision within the next three weeks.

Goebel has narrowed his list down to a final three schools with Ohio State, Michigan and Notre Dame all listed as finalists for the Rivals.com No. 5 rated defensive tackle in the nation. When a decision comes Goebel has said that he won't have any sort of ceremony and will just call the coaches and inform them of his decision.

How did Goebel feel his visit to Ann Arbor went?

"It went well," Goebel said. "Ii was able to sit down with all the coaches including my recruiting coordinator Andy Moeller and also defensive coordinator Ron English. After that we went to the union and got some food and met with one of the business professors."

Goebel also was extremely impressed with the year-old academic center the Wolverines have in support of their athletes. The four star defensive tackle also got a chance to tour the stadium, weight room and meet head coach Lloyd Carr.

While on campus the big lineman had the chance to catch up with another player who has given the Wolverines a commitment to play from the class of 2008.

"I was able to spend some time with Mike Martin," Goebel said.

Martin is another highly rated defensive tackle prospect and could play on the same line as Goebel if the Illinois lineman picks Michigan.

It has been on current Ohio State commits like Mike Adams, Jake Stoneburner, Michael Brewster and others to see that Goebel doesn't end up anywhere other than Columbus. Goebel admits that he talks regularly with other members of the Ohio State recruiting class via phone, text and through instant messages. Are the future Buckeyes trying to make a hard sell on their new school?

"They are gently persuading," Goebel admitted.

Goebel was in attendance for an Ohio State camp in early June and really enjoyed his visit to Columbus and having a chance to show off the campus to his mother who was in attendance. Goebel has multiple reasons why he likes the Buckeyes.

"I really like the coaches first off," Goebel said. "Then the players and facilities as well. They are all outstanding."

Whichever school ends up with Goebel will have to have the entire package for him because the Illinois lineman is not looking at a school just for one single factor.

"I'd say a lot of things (will have bearing on my decision)," Goebel said. "It's not like one thing is more important than any others."

With three finalists Goebel says that nobody has an edge at this point.

"They are all pretty much equal," Goebel said.

In addition to his exploits on the offensive and defensive line Goebel is a nationally ranked heavyweight wrestler. Now in the next three weeks the big man will have to wrestle with one of the biggest decisions of his life and pick a school to continue is playing career at.

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