A position that Jim Harbaugh loves to utilize in his offense are the tight ends, which are asked to do a lot from catching to blocking. One prospect that fits the bill is Plano (Tex.) Prestonwood Christian 2019 tight end Austin Stogner. At 6-foot-6, 222-pounds, Stogner has the frame and game to excel at the next level and Michigan felt the same as they recently extended an offer out to the Lone Star State standout.
“(Offensive Coordinator) Coach (Tim) Drevno came by the school where he talked to my coach and I called him later that night and they offered me,” Stogner told The Michigan Insider. “It was awesome and incredible. Michigan has the biggest stadium in the country and so many fans. It is one of the biggest offers you can get. It means a lot to me because it tells me my hard work is paying off and I can’t stop now.”
One of the main reasons for Stogner’s excitement behind his latest offer comes from how involved the tight ends are in the Maize and Blue’s offense.
“I like the way they use their tight ends,” said Stogner. “No one uses their tight ends like Coach Harbaugh, so that is very good and they are on the field the whole time. They have had pretty good tight ends there too.”
Stogner is seeing his recruitment quickly rise with now 18 offers to date and saw coaches from Texas, Florida State, Arizona, Duke, Texas A&M and Nebraska also recently come through his school as well.
While it is still very early in his recruitment and has no official top list, Oklahoma, Florida State, TCU and Michigan are schools standing out at this point. With strong initial interest after picking up an offer from the Maize and Blue, he also hopes to make a visit out to Ann Arbor.
“I’m very interested in Michigan,” said Stogner. “I’m going to take a visit there this summer and see how I like it. I want to learn more about the school, the program and everything about them.
In addition to checking out Michigan this summer, he also wants to see Florida State, Florida, Stanford and Notre Dame.
One factor that won’t impact his recruitment at all is distance.
“I’m willing to go anywhere and distance is not a factor,” said Stogner. “My parents feel the same and they say it’s my decision too.”