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Oil City TE Ben Koyack nears 20 Division-1 offers

Written by: on Sunday, April 11th, 2010

There’s something about “oil belt” football in northwestern Pennsylvania and Division-1 quality tight ends. Half a decade ago, Franklin Area’s Nate Byham generated a high level of D-1 interest, played in the Big-33 Classic and went on to Pitt.

There’s another oil belt tight end following in Byham’s footsteps. Come national signing day next February, this latest prospect will surely be inking a D-1 letter of intent. The only remains, “Where?” because, to date, the cream of the crop have extended him offers.

Oil City Area’s Ben Koyack, a 6’5, 230-pound senior-to-be, is up to 17 Division-1 offers, according to his profile on Rivals.com. Koyack is easily the most sought-after (and probably best) tight end prospect in the state this 2011 recruiting class – with Downingtown East’s Tyler Kroft securing the #2 spot.

To date, Koyack has received offers from Boston College, Cal, LSU, Maryland, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Penn State, Pitt, Purdue, South Carolina, Southern Cal, Virginia Tech, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

Koyack only played in seven games last year, but he put up gaudy numbers nonetheless. He hauled in 43 passes for 748 yards (17.4 yard average per catch) and seven touchdowns. Koyack opened the 2009 season with a nine-catch, 249-yard, two-touchdown performance against Meadville.

But he also had respectable performances in games against stiffer competition. Koyack caught seven passes for 82 yards and a score against Sharon Area, and against 4-time defending District 10 “AA” champion Wilmington Area, Koyack snared nine passes for 97 yards.

As a sophomore, Koyack caught 48 passes for 800 yards (16.67 yard average per catch) and 10 touchdowns. In his final three games of the 2008 season, against Eisenhower, Hickory and Reynolds, Koyack caught 22 passes for 434 yards and seven touchdowns.

Oil City finished its 2009 season with an 8-3 record, averaging 28.8 points per game. The Oilers fell in the District 10 “AA” quarterfinals to North East, 24-14.

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