Vogrich Visits Notre Dame

Matt Vogrich always knew he could shoot the basketball. College coaches had just never seen him do it.

That all changed in the month of July. And so did Matt Vogrich's scholarship count.

Heading into this past summer with roughly three scholarship offers from a few mid-majors, the 6-foot-3 Vogrich, from Lake Forest, Ill., hit the road with his AAU team, and made it rain from the perimeter.

"It wasn't the best, but it was the best I've shot with a lot of coaches that were there," Vogrich said. "I shot real well the whole month. It was good."

That's for sure.

The Lake Forest High standout saw his scholarship count grow to around 20, and the class of 2009 prospect has put together a list of favorites.

"Notre Dame, Stanford, Michigan, Colorado, Northwestern, Wake Forest and Miami (Ohio), those are pretty much the ones I'm serious about I guess."

Vogrich played in a tournament at Notre Dame awhile back, but last Tuesday was really the first time he had ever taken in the campus.

In town for the day, Vogrich toured Notre Dame during the afternoon and watched the team practice before leaving town.

"It's a gorgeous campus," Vogrich stated. Mike Brey and the Irish were one of the many programs that stepped to the table with an offer last month. "I like golfing and I like that the golf course was right there. I golf every once in awhile. I like how they play too. I like what they do with the guards. And I like the coach, I like coach Brey a lot.

Vogrich will soon be back on Notre Dame's campus. He will visit officially the weekend of Sept. 6th, when the Irish football team opens the season against San Diego State.

"They told me I remind them of a Chris Quinn, Colin Falls type of a guy," Vogrich said. "I remember both of them from years ago. I like how they play and how Notre Dame plays with the guards. I watched a practice and I like the guys. I didn't meet them very well, but I like how they play, how (Luke) Harangody plays and how they play off each other. How (Kyle) McAlarney throws it down to Harangody in the post, spots up, and if Harangody gets double teamed, he's not shy to kick it back out to the shooters."

As a junior, Vogrich led Lake Forest to a 16-12 mark. As the team's tallest player, he averaged 18 points and eight rebounds per contest. Vogrich shot 53 percent from the floor and 41 percent beyond the arc.

Vogrich said he has visited all the schools among his favorites with the exception of Colorado. He plans on majoring in business marketing, and has a GPA of 4.8 on a 5.0 scale. The only other official visit he has currently set up, is a trip to Wake Forest later in September.

"I have to visit a few schools one more time," Vogrich answered when asked for a timetable for a verbal commitment. "The schools I'm taking officials to. I just want to weigh all my options academic wise and playing wise, make sure I like the coach and see what's best for me.

"I would decide, like if I came to Notre Dame and I knew it was the right place and I don't have to drag this out. But I probably wont decide until after I take another visit after Notre Dame, so I can take at least one more visit. But I don't want to waste anybody's time."

The way Vogrich shot the ball this summer, nobody was wasting their time watching him stroke it from three.

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