From Columbus (GA) Brookstone High School Brian Vogler is gaining attention from all over the region and at just under 6-8 and 245-pounds, why wouldn't he? Basketball season just ended where he averaged just less than 16 points, 11 rebounds, four assists and three blocks per game. Vogler will play AAU basketball with the Georgia Stars Nike Team this spring and early summer. In the meantime, he will focus on track where he competes in shotput, discuss, long jump and the 100 meters.
"I have 10 written offers, six SEC, three ACC and Stanford and Penn State seem real close to offering for football," he said. "Up to six basketball offers, mainly mid-majors. Auburn and Kentucky head basketball coaches have offered roster spots on the basketball team if attending school on football scholarship."
One Southeastern Conference team has pulled away from the pack for the time being.
"Alabama is recruiting me the hardest right now," Vogler said. "I met with Coach Saban three times. They are really impressive in all areas, and the school and coaches are great. Coach Saban even came and watched a basketball practice. They are committed to big, strong, athletic tight ends that can run, catch and block. Maryland, LSU, Tennessee and Stanford are also in regular contact. Penn State is getting real active as of late as well as Auburn and Clemson. I went to the Alabama junior day last week. This week I will be at Tennessee and next week Auburn."
Vogler was at Friday Night Lights last summer and had regular contact with tight end coach Jon Hevesy but has not talked with Florida directly in sometime but that could quickly change.
"We may meet with Coach Brian White in March--he spoke with the Brookstone head coach Blair Harrison one night this past week," Vogler said. "We will see how things develop. Florida hasn't offered, therefore it isn't a consideration at this time."
Now that basketball is winding down, Vogler will turn his attention back to football.
"I will be participating for Georgia as a wide receiver in the Scout sponsored 7-on-7 passing tournament at South Florida March 14-15, so I may try and visit with Coach White on the way down or on the way back."
Regardless of where he ends up, he does know the factors that will determine this decision.
"School and football history and tradition, conference-SEC, location and proximity to Columbus, coaches and how a traditional pro-style tight end fits into the offensive scheme."
Since doing this interview, Vogler has received written offers from FSU and Rutgers.
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