LB Avery Vogt (6-0, 225 pounds, 4.67-seconds in the 40) of Coral Reef High School in Miami, Fla has seen his scholarship count offer soar during his senior year. He's already garnered offers from the likes of West Virginia, Auburn, Clemson, Pittsburgh, Boston College and Syracuse among others and reports better than 20 total.
That attention seems well deserved considering the season Vogt put together in 2004. On the year he tallied 110 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, three sacks and one interception and has since been selected to play in the Dade-Broward All-Star game.
Despite the gaudy numbers, Vogt's Coral Reef squad struggled mightily in 2004, going just 1-8 on the year. Vogt told Pack Pride that watching the playoffs from the sideline has been a tough pill to swallow.
"I felt like going to the (playoff) games, man, this could have been us, should have been us," said Vogt. "It's been very hard. But we kept losing games by a touchdown or three points. It would be like 7-3 or 10-7. We went to the Killian game this past week and I felt like we were better than them and should have been in the playoffs but it wasn't meant to be."
With his season behind him, Vogt has turned his attention to recruiting. NC State is a school that only recently turned up the heat but it would appear the early results are promising for the Pack.
"I've spoke to coach Holliday and he's supposed to be down at our school on Monday," said Vogt. "Actually, I hadn't heard from State for a while until recently but in talking to coach Holliday, I like the fact they need LB's since they didn't get one last year and that caught my attention. I watched their last game and that defense, them boys can play. They get the job done.
"I really like the way they (NC State) play defense. I like the way they recruit a lot of south Florida people too. A lot of the players they have on defense, I played against or I know so I like that. Plus, I like the location. It's in a place where there are a lot of colleges around so I don't think it would be much different from leaving Miami going to North Carolina as opposed to going to Alabama."
Vogt added that he believes NC State has offered but he hasn't seen anything official from the Pack as of yet.
In addition to NC State, Vogt is looking heavily at Florida, Auburn, West Virginia, Florida State and Clemson. Vogt, along with teammates S Dorian Munroe and LB Eric Houston will officially visit NC State on Dec. 10.
Vogt stated that he and Houston are hoping for the opportunity to play together on the next level.
"Me and Eric (Houston) are trying to play together," he said. "It seems like it might work out too with the package thing but Dorian, he does play a different position so it might be different for him. But if the package thing works out, that'll be good.
When it comes time to settle on a future college, Vogt said that he'll have several factors he'll be paying close attention to.
"Playing early isn't important because I wouldn't mind red-shirting so I can learn but I do want to play," he said. "Tradition is definitely something I'm looking at. Location will play a big role. But like North Carolina, that would be fine because I have family up there."