John Vogalsang misses BYU call he wants most

<b>John Vogalsang</b>, another highly regarded LDS defensive tackle in Southern California, has been fielding calls and recruiting letters mainly from coaches in the PAC-10 and Big XII. It was the call he missed that he laments the most.

"I got a call from BYU's defensive coordinator, coach (Bronco) Mendenhall. I wasn't here when he called and they can only call one time. I was pretty upset I missed that call. I called him back, but all I got was an answering machine."

A senior this year at El Toro High School, Vogalsang said "I've got letters from USC, UCLA, Colorado and BYU. I also got some letters from the University of Washington.

"I talked to the coach at Colorado and coach Kere of UCLA. He wanted to know my interest in UCLA and invited me down to their junior camp day," he added.

Vogalsang has more than a passing interest in BYU.

"My favorites right now are BYU and UCLA. I like BYU because my brother goes there and is a freshman. I also like the environment and the field they got there," said Vogalsang.

"I also like UCLA. I went to a camp and it was really nice. They have new facilities too that are nice."

The fact he is also a first cousin to Daniel and Michael Marquardt is another influential factor.

Measuring in at 6' 3" and 280 pounds with a 325-pound bench, 385-pound squat and 275-pound incline, Vogelsang plays various positions on both sides of the line.

"I play nose guard and d-tackle on defense and I play offensive guard on offense. My coach (Brett Paton) said I'm D-1 material."

On the field, Vogalsang is known for his brutish style of play and relentless effort in getting to the quarterback.

"I like to play D-tackle because I like to hit and sack the quarterback," said Vogalsang.

His aunt, Betty Ann Marquardt, can attest to her nephew's relentless style of play that has caught the attention of college coaches.

She said he is "a big bruiser of a boy. His high school team is not that great and is not a recruiting stop. He is a tough kid in a scary way, but he is a good kid."

Vogalsang plans to be in Provo this coming week for BYU's summer camp.

"Yeah, I'm coming to that one. I'll be at BYU's camp from the 16th to the 20th."

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