Richard Davenport has been a recruiting columnist for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette since 2007. He also hosts Recruiting Thursday each Thursday from 7 to 8 p.m. statewide.
Koehler makes quick decision while visiting
Offensive lineman Reeve Koehler pledged to the Hogs during his official visit.
About 24 hours into his official visit, offensive linemen Reeve Koehler had seen enough to make a commitment to Arkansas on Saturday.
Koehler, 6-3, 315, 5.2 seconds in the 40 yard, of Honolulu St. Louis high school had narrowed his vast list down to the Hogs and Kansas and had planned to go home and talk things over with his family. That all changed after he was impressed with how hungry the players were after enduring a year of adversity and one other major component..
"Definitely the fans." said Koehler of his Friday night experience at a local restaurant.
When he called his parents about pledging to the Hogs, he was asked if was sure and he told them he was 100 percent certain.
"They're just happy it's over with and that I picked a good school." said Koehler, who's rated a four-star recruit by CBS Sports Network national recruiting analyst Tom Lemming.
Koehler told Coach Bret Bielema of his intentions and gave the impression he was going home before going public but surprised him by doing that on Saturday.
"I actually told coach B first but I told him I was going to go home and go see." Koehler said.
The Arkansas facilities impressed him but seeing the new football complex under construction also caught his attention.
"It's big but it's still growing," Koehler said. "Everything else they're bringing in and by the time they're done it's going to be huge."
Koehler was keen on Arkansas' 110 yard long weight room along with the motto 'Iron Sharpens Iron'.
"I love it," Koehler said. "That's always my playground at home."