Vols ID Monster Target

Losing five-star prospect and the nation's No. 3 ranked tight end Orson Charles to Georgia last week, was one of the most disappointing chapters from Tennessee's comeback 2009 recruiting campaign, but the opportunity it opens in 2010 may help offset that blow.

Enter Brian Vogler a 6-foot-8, 250-pound tight end of Brookstone High School in Columbus, Ga.), a long strider with sure hands and untold potential. He's also athletic, versatile and an excellent blocker. Only two years into his football career he has always been a force on the hardwood, but didn't play his first down of organized football unitl he was a sophomore in high school.

Once he got on the field he rarely came off. Vogler has played defensive end and linebacker as well as wide receiver and tight end for Stonebrook. As a junior, he had over 500 receiving yards and six touchdowns despite playing in a wing-T offense that rarely went to the air. His efforts help Brookstone to an 11-win record which is only the second time since it opened in 1951 the football won as many as 10 games.

"I am used to being in a 3-point stance with my hand in the dirt," he told Scout.com's Burke Hayes. "I am a good blocker and never quit on a play, but when you split me out, I can do everything that a little guy can do, but in a big man's body"

Vogler is a basketball standout who averaged 16 points and 11 rebounds pre game. He plays AAU ball for the Georgia Stars Nike Team and even runs the 100 meters for his high school track team. He has run a 4.69 time in the 409 and reports a 300-pound bench press which is quite respectable for a player of his length who is still new to the weight training process.

Undoubtedly, Volger is a fast learner who has a lot of natural ability to work with and should only get better as he gets bigger and stronger. His potential alone is enough to arrest the interest of collegiate coaches. Volger has already picked up 15 offers including one from UT which came with a week of national signing day.

Among his other options are Rutgers, Alabama, LSU, Auburn, Maryland, Florida St., Clemson, Kentucky, Duke and Stanford. Notably absent from this list is the Georgia Bulldogs, who have interest but have yet to offer. That may be because they have now signed Charles or that the presence of the Tampa Plant tight end will discourage other tight end prospects from commiting.

Vogler made it to Knoxville for the Junior Day camp and witnessed the now notorious shirt-ripping incident in which some members of UT"s football and strength training staff put on the staged exhibition that became a topic of recent discussion.

I went to Tennessee last weekend," Vogler told Scout.com analyst Andrew Bone. "The trip was pretty crazy. Everybody has heard about the coaches ripping their shirts off. I guess they were trying to get us fired up about Tennessee.

"The coaches were just basically talking to the whole group. The special teams coaches were talking about how even special teams were crunk. They then ripped of their shirts. Then a few of the other coaches came running in with their shirts off. It was crazy."

The only thing crazier would be to pass on a massive mismatch like Vogler. EDITOR'S NOTE: Look for an in-depth feature on Brian Vogler in the next issue of Rocky Top News.

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