February 12, 2008

Kohout among talented 2009 in-state crop

Jordan Kohout, a 6-foot-4, 265-pound offensive lineman/defensive end from Waupun (Wis), is one of the most coveted junior football recruits in the Badger state.

Monday night, BadgerBlitz.com caught up with the 2009 in-state prospect fresh off a visit to Iowa City, where he attended the Hawkeye's Junior Day this past weekend.

"Oh, yeah, I get a lot of letters," Kohout said. "Today I got some mail from Duke, as well as Minnesota. But a lot of the serious interest is coming from Iowa and Wisconsin.

"I went down to Iowa's Junior Day for a visit, then I talked to Coach (Reese) Morgan recently and he said that he recommended to Coach (Kirk) Ferentz that I get an offer. I was really pumped about that. They've sent me a few hand written letters and I e-mail back and forth with Coach (Lester) Erb, my recruiting coach."

It seems as though the Hawkeye's are trying to step up their recruiting efforts in hopes of landing an early commitment from Kohout. Taking into consideration the past success Bret Bielema and his staff have had keeping the state's talent in Wisconsin, landing the multi-talented lineman would be a huge recruiting battle for Iowa.

"As of now I would consider Iowa and Wisconsin my two favorites," said Kohout, who won the Outstanding Defensive Lineman Award at Michigan's camp this summer. "Coach (Bob) Bostad came to my school a couple weeks ago and I got the chance to sit down and talk with him a little bit. I'll be attending their (Wisconsin's) Junior Day this Saturday."

Kohout's versatility is major reason why college coaches have expressed major interest in the junior.

"I think I'll end up playing either guard or center in college," Kohout predicted. "I could also play on defense, too, really anywhere on the interior line. I think I have a really high motor and I'll play until the whistle sounds. I consider myself pretty tough and I'm smart.

"I can play any position on the line, I know each one."

Expect to hear more from Kohout in the future as he beings to plan a busy summer that should lead to more offers.

"This spring I'm going to be attending the Midwest combine and this summer it's kind of up in the air," he said. "I want to go to an Iowa and a Wisconsin camp. I'm not for sure yet.

"I would be cool to get some interest from schools such as Illinois. I liked it when I went down to Illinois for a visit; that was pretty cool. I've always been a fan of Ohio State and Oklahoma, as well."

Kohout was a WFCA second-team all-Northeast Region, unanimous first-team all-conference and Eastern Wisconsin Conference Defensive Lineman of the Year Award winner this season.

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