Ben Gottschalk, a 6-foot-5, 250-pound three-star offensive lineman from Notre Dame High School from Sherman Oaks, California has had a lot of interest in the 2010 recruiting class. But, it might be the school that jumps in the latest that gets the senior.
"SMU really started to recruit me on December 27th. I was on winter break and Coach Klemm called me up. He said they were pretty interested, and the rest is history," stated Gottschalk to PonyStampede.com. "My dad and I have been doing a lot a research on the school and stuff. It looks like a pretty good place to be. I have heard a lot of good things about the school. If I feel like I fit in there with the other players, a commitment could be coming soon."
"I'm still thinking the same thing. I was expecting the offer at some point, so it's not really that big of a surprise for. But, it definitely lets me take a breath," said the offensive lineman. "The recruiting process has been hard on me, so it's nice to have it. It's nice to know that SMU could be my home. There is a good chance that it will be."
If the Mustangs do land the three-star prospect, it will be Coach Klemm's first major recruit. Gottschalk is currently ranked the No. 65 offensive tackle in the country by Scout.com.
"I know Coach Klemm played in the NFL for a couple of years. He played in Green Bay and New England and also played for Coach Jones in Hawaii. When someone with the experience of him calls and says were interested, it's a big deal. At least to me," said Gottschalk.
"The most important thing for me is finding a school where I fit in and where I can be happy," Gottschalk to Scout.com's Allen Wallace in November. "I want to go where I can get a good education because football won't last forever."
Gottschalk's self reported numbers are impressive. He benches 325-pounds, squat 485, and reports a 31-inch vertical jump.
"I'm very athletic. I'm lighter than most OLs and can move around well," said the Sherman Oaks native. "I read blitzes real well and can anticipate the play. I've never allowed a single sack. Just a couple hurries."
Gottschalk plans to major in business and reports a 2.9 core GPA and a 25 ACT.