Top TE has a few visits lined up

Recruiting coverage at SoonersIllustrated is still going as we look to bring fans the latest in Oklahoma recruiting news. Today, we spoke with tight end Brian Vogler from the Brookstone School in Georgia. He let us know a few stops on his summer tour.

In a recent interview with, Brookstone (GA) tight end Brian Vogler, who has more than 30 offers, went public cutting his list to a Top 8.

Now that the list is much more manageable, the top recruit feels much better and can begin focusing on those schools, and cut down on quite a few phone calls.

"I am so relieved. You know there are people calling every single night and now things are so much easier," Vogler said of he and his family's decision to announce a Top 8. "It seems like the pressure is off of me. Now I can focus on the schools I chose."

And the eight chosen by the 6-foot-7.5, 245-pound Vogler is: Alabama, Auburn, Boston College, Florida State, LSU, Miami, Oklahoma, and Tennessee. Of course there are a variety of reasons for each school selected, but Vogler has went ahead and put the hard-core evaluation process in motion.

His plan is to eventually get to all eight of the programs, but he informed us of three visits that have already been scheduled.

"I have a couple of visits already lined up and my first stop is to Alabama on Monday," Vogler said. "Next Friday, I will be in Oklahoma and then either the next Thursday or Friday, I head to LSU."

A couple of SEC schools and one Big 12 are the first schools on the agenda. Being from the state of Georgia, Vogler had been getting plenty of attention from the SEC for some time now.

But when the Sooners started showing genuine interest, it caught Vogler a little off guard.

"When I started getting offers, most of them were from the SEC and a couple of PAC-10 schools, but nothing from the Big 12," Vogler said. "Then, Oklahoma started noticing me and I got a call from coach (Kevin) Wilson. He said that he really liked my tape and talked it over with coach (Bob) Stoops.

"Then, an offer came from them."

Vogler has had an Oklahoma offer for some time and since then has built up a good relationship with Wilson.

"It's good talking to coach Wilson. He always tells me that no matter where I go, I will become a good player," Vogler said. "When I got the offer from Oklahoma, I did not know how to react. I mean, Oklahoma easily has the bets tight end in the country. Really, who wouldn't want to be part of a school like Oklahoma and all of the tradition?"

Last season, Vogler hauled in 21 catches for just over 400 yards and six touchdowns. He was primarily used for blocking as his team runs the Wing T offense. 

But apparently his film showed enough for Oklahoma and plenty of other Division I programs to pursue his services. And not only did the Sooner coaches notice his athletic ability, physically, Vogler seems to be what they are looking for.

"They (Oklahoma coaches) told me that size is never a bad thing. I mean, you can work on quickness and speed, but you can't teach size," Vogler said. "They see me as a guy who can make the blocks and the big catches as well. 

"I have never been to that part of the country (Norman, OK) so I am looking forward to it. I want to get a feel for the town and really get to know the coaches better. If I am going to be there for many years, I need to know that I get along well with the coaches."

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