Recruiting Roundup: Kody Koebensky, OL

Kody Koebensky
OL, 6-3, 303 LBS, ESPN Scout's INC Grade = 80
FR, Scottsdale, Arizona (Saguaro HS)

Overview:
Big powerful lineman that played for one of the state's elite prep programs, Koebensky is our top OL recruit at a time where we desperately need some line help. He can play both T and G but will probably end up at G, and the coaches said he has a shot to start the 2009 season at either guard position. Probably the biggest impact for the 2009 class aside from Adams and Burfict.

Scouting Report:
Has the ability to play guard or tackle and also saw action along the defensive line in high school. ESPN's Scouts, Inc writes, "Koebensky shows good technique at offensive tackle and will be an athletic college guard. Uses his 6-foot-4, 290-pound frame in impressive fashion. His footwork stands out above all else. Has been well-coached and rarely overstrides. Takes good short steps that allow him to react easily to a moving defensive lineman. Has very quick hands and quickly gets them on a defender. Works his hands and feet together adeptly. Demonstrates good power in his legs, but should play a little lower. Has the ability to knock an opponent off the line when drive or base blocking. Shows very good mobility on pulls and traps. Pulls with authority and turns to the linebacker, but has to square up to sustain his block. Demonstrates proper trapping technique, but needs to get a little lower to finish the block. He's a quick setter in pass protection and shows good balance, avoiding lunges or too-long strides. Holds his own in pass pro despite possessing less than ideal arm length. Shows hustle getting across the field on run plays and displays good timing when kicking out on the screen. Koebensky is a very good high school tackle who will benefit from a move inside, where he won't have as much area to protect. He has a very strong lower body and a lot of heart--great predictors for a successful college career."

Accolades
Included in the Friday Night Heroes list by Phoenix Metro Football Magazine, and listed as the No. 11 offensive guard prospect in the country by ESPN's Scouts, Inc. Also named the No. 63 OG prospect in hte country by Rivals.com and the No. 2 offensive lineman and the No. 19 overall prospect in the state of Arizona by Rivals. Rated as the No. 89 OT in the nation by Scout.com.Earned All-Arizona and First-Team All 4A honors in 2008 by the Arizona Republic. Earned honorable mention All-Desert Sky Region honors as a junior in 2007.

High School Career
Was an integral part of Saguaro's three consecutive Arizona Class 4A-I state championship teams from 2006-08. Joins prep teammates Corey Adams and Max Smith as members of ASU's 2009 signing class. Played for the same high school as current ASU defensive back Max Tabach as well as former Sun Devil All-Pac-10 defensive lineman Kyle Caldwell. Recorded 15 tackles (7 solo) and 1 sack on defense as a senior. Coached by John Sanders at Saguaro High school.

The Decision
Chose ASU over Arizona, Utah, UCLA, San Diego State and Washington State. Committed to ASU on July 12, 2008.

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