January 17, 2010

Kohler sees a bright future for UW

One of Washington's most prized recruits, Oaks Christian's Erik Kohler was in Seattle this weekend with teammate and fellow commit Nick Montana to take in the sights. One of the top offensive lineman in the nation, Kohler sees something special happening at Montlake.

"The trip was so much fun and just a cool experience," explained Kohler. "The current players and coaches treated us well and it was a blast. The best part was getting to know my future teammates and the coaches. I have never gotten the chance to really sit down and meet all of the coaches one on one like that before."

What did Kohler think of his future coaches?

"The Washington coaches are so energetic and make you want to play," he said. "They are some of the best coaches in the country and all came together to form one of the best staffs in the country. They are building something special and the future looks bright at Washington because of them."

The future certainly looks bright on the offensive line where Washington has brought in five standouts for 2010. Along with Kohler, fellow maulers Ben Riva and Colin Porter were at UW this weekend and all three got a good chance to bond.

"It was great to hang our with Ben [Riva] and Colin [Porter] and it was really a bonding experience. We took advantage of the opportunity and were constantly hanging out. We have become close friends and we will continue to be friends for the next four or five years and hopefully more. That is important for our whole team and this was a stepping stone for that."

Washington will have to take many steps if they want to get back to the once proud tradition of competing for Pac-10 and National Championships. However, Kohler sees that potential with his fellow 2010 commits and believes they all have that common goal.

"We know that our class can be special and right now we are one of the top classes in the nation," Kohler said. "We are a bunch of players who came together with a common goal of winning championships. That is what makes this so special, that is why we came to UW, we want to win Rose Bowls and National Championships."

Although he's a part of the future, Kohler got to meet one of the brightest members of Washington's current roster. Heading into his senior season, Husky quarterback Jake Locker is one of the most talked about and exciting players in college football. So, it came as somewhat of a surprise to Kohler just how humble and nice he was.

"[Jake] Locker was really funny and just a great guy," explained Kohler. "I was amazed at what an all around great person he was and was really blown away at how laid back and cool he was with everyone."

So what does Kohler have planned between now and the time he arrives on campus?

"My plan now is to work out six days a week and do what they tell me to do after signing day. I'm just going to prepare myself and get ready to be on campus and really get to work."

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