September 20, 2011

Kohl one to watch for 2013

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There was no shortage of talent on the field last Friday when Hilliard (Ohio) Darby hosted Dublin (Ohio) Jerome in a Central Ohio battle. Both teams boasted multiple future Division I prospects with the Panthers coming out on top, 24-7. Arguably the game's top performer was Darby junior linebacker Cameron Kohl. The 6-foot-1, 220-pound prospect made plays all over the field in helping to shutdown Jerome's high-powered offense.

"I think we came off the bus fast this week," Kohl said. "Last week we started kind of slow. Our defensive line dominated and I give all of the credit to them. The linebackers and everybody behind us just cleaned it all up."

In addition to the numerous tackles that Kohl made throughout the evening, the highlight of his night had to be his interception return for a touchdown in the second half.

"We were keying on number five (Cameron Wilson) because we know he's one of the best athletes on that team," Kohl explained. "I saw him go out for a pass and the quarterback was just eyeing him and he threw it and I caught it and just ran as fast I can."

Kohl was a big-time performer last year as a sophomore and because of that interest from colleges is already starting to pick up.

"I'm getting looked at by some places but no official offers yet," he said. "Ohio, Akron, Kent State, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Indiana, (are showing interest). I don't have a favorite, I'm giving everybody a chance."

Kohl hasn't made any unofficial visits yet but that should change in the next month or so.

"I got invited to a Wisconsin game against Nebraska which I will be going to sometime in October," he said. "Minnesota is sending me stuff to try and get me to one of their games too so I'm going to try and get up there."


Kohl is your classic Midwest linebacker prospect. He's big, physical, strong at the point of attack and he does whatever it takes on each and every play to make his presence felt. Last Friday against Jerome, Kohl was simply all over the field, making numerous plays behind the line of scrimmage and also showing a better ability to make tackles in space than I was anticipating coming into the game.

Kohl capped off his outstanding performance with an interception return for a touchdown in the second half and made a beautiful play on the ball after reading the eyes of the quarterback.

Overall, Kohl is a tough and intelligent playmaker that will certainly draw offers at some point and could be a Big Ten caliber middle linebacker.


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