Bama gets state’s No. 1 tight end in Vogler

As expected, Brian Vogler, considered the No. 1 tight end in the state of Georgia, announced his official commitment to the University of Alabama on Wednesday.

Vogler, a 6-foot-7, 245-pound rising senior at the Brookstone School in Columbus, chose the Crimson Tide over Oklahoma. He made the announcement at a modest ceremony at the school just after lunchtime on Wednesday. His father said about 40 people were in attendance, including two local television stations, a local newspaper reporter, representatives from three recruiting websites and teammates, classmates and friends.

“It went well,” Vogler said of the official announcement. “The main reason I went with Alabama is it just felt like the best fit for me. When I went on campus it felt like I was at home. When I left it felt like I was already missing it.”

How did Vogler celebrate? He had an appointment to have his braces removed immediately after the ceremony.

Vogler was Oklahoma’s No. 1 target at the position but it moved quickly to fill the void. The Sooners got a commitment from 6-foot-6, 252-pound Lane Johnson of Groverton, Texas, late Tuesday.

Earlier, Vogler told the AJC he couldn’t go wrong with either decision.

“Everybody says they want to go to a winning program,” said Vogler, who ranks as the No. 6 tight end in the country. “Well between these two there is so much tradition. Both of them have multiple national championships. It’s great just to have interest from both of these teams.”

Vogler said he began the recruiting process open to everyone. He then cut the field down to eight, then down to two.

Probably the biggest surprise is neither Florida nor Georgia made his final cut. Both his parents hold degrees from the University of Florida. But a closer look revealed to Vogler that the Gators offense was not a good fit. He wants to play in a pro-style system.

“When this all started I was just hoping to get recruited by Florida,” said Vogler, who had 21 catches for 465 yards and 6 TDs as a junior. “But as I did more research I realized they didn’t have some things I’m looking for.”

As for Georgia, he loved the Bulldogs’ tight end tradition. But, “they weren’t recruiting a tight end this year. They signed two last year. It was just sort of a timing thing.”

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July 22nd, 2009
8:01 am

So my buddy’s little brother played against this kid and said he was a joke. If he was special enough UGA would have offered him. UF might have talked to this kid but they didn’t offer. Don’t worry, UGA and UF didn’t miss out on this kid. Hope he can play hoops…


July 22nd, 2009
8:08 am

YAY Stripling!! This is a huge pickup for UGA. This kid is the fastest DE in the nation coming out of high school. Rivals just moved him up into the top 50. Looks like Georgia is putting together a pretty special class this year.
Mack Brown decides in the beginning of August.


July 22nd, 2009
8:11 am

Back to the Vogler kid. If i were him i would take it to Oklahoma. I think he has a better chance for success there.


July 22nd, 2009
8:14 am

sswinfordawg…you are right. Vogler is a joke. Saban and Stoops have proven to be very poor judges of athletic ability over their years and no school in their right mind would offer this kid. You, my friend, are the joke!


July 22nd, 2009
8:21 am


What a classless post. I guess you get your giggles from slamming a kid because he doesn’t want to go to uga. Get a life.

I’m glad the kid is choosing between two of the best teams in the country.


July 22nd, 2009
8:26 am

The school Vogler choose “has multiple NC’s”. So that rules out UGA!


July 22nd, 2009
8:32 am

Not trying to bash the kid. Just letting you know what to expect. You’ll understand in 4 to 5 years.


July 22nd, 2009
8:57 am

Brian good luck at Bama or the sooners and don’t listen to the trash from some people with nothing else to do. ROLL TIDE!!


July 22nd, 2009
9:14 am

I guess that 40 BCS schools who have coaching staff’s who’s career’s are greatly impacted by thier abilities to evaluate talent and projectability, are not as good as your buddy’s little brother.
He should have a bright future.
It’s human nature to watch the top recruits in FB or BB and say “He ain’t all that.” People don’t root for Goliath – Wilt Chamberlin.
This kid is legit – as the Carver players told people after a 7 on 7 scrimmage “You fo real man”.


July 22nd, 2009
9:19 am

Good luck to this young man no matter where he ends up.They are two fine schools and he should do well at either.

Rowdy Roddy Piper

July 22nd, 2009
9:38 am

I wish UGA could have had a spot for him. He is a good kid and great athlete. I feel if we did have a spot for him we would have landed him. Good luck!!


July 22nd, 2009
9:40 am


That’s a worst post I’ve ever seen in my entire life. Guess what, I’ve seen Brian play football AND basketball…

In one of the football games i saw, Brain made an EXTREMELY athletic catch, adjusting to the ball behind his body, not to mention his blocking is superb consistently. He’s a talented guy, I wish the best for him.

Bama Aaron

July 22nd, 2009
10:54 am

Shame some people let their jealousy force them to make idiotic posts. This kid is a great athlete and will be a force at wherever he chooses. I hope it’s Bama…we’ll know in about an hour.


July 22nd, 2009
11:34 am

As a UGA fan I’m embarrassed by the trash talk of some of our fans. Brian is a great pick-up for any school in the country. He’s a great athelete and person.


July 22nd, 2009
11:36 am

This kid has the frame to be dominate wherever he goes. I hope he goes to bama over oklahoma. Lets keep those NC is the SEC

Go Dawgs

Bama Aaron

July 22nd, 2009
12:12 pm

And the choice has been made…. ROLL TIDE and welcome to Bama Brian.


July 22nd, 2009
12:28 pm

Welcome Brian! RTR. ps – for the idiot up top (sswindawg) — Vogler had over 40 offers… idiot.

James T

July 22nd, 2009
12:39 pm

He picked Bama over the Sooners. He notified OU yesterday and they then offered a JUCO TE who committed to OU then. Richt said he thinks Bama playing in Ga. alot recently has helped their recruiting here. HOW DOES HE THINK FLORIDA PLAYING UGA IN ATLANTA EVERY OTHER YEAR WILL HELP THE GATORS RECRUITING IN GEORGIA?


Rowdy Roddy Piper

July 22nd, 2009
1:09 pm

James T, Richt has a legit argument. How about the Dawgs and USCw play in Birmingham every year. It still does not effect our recruiting in our great state. Bama is the one that has to play an extra game out of state to help there recruiting! We have plenty of great football players in the state of Georgia to go around, unlike bama and tennerssee.


July 22nd, 2009
2:05 pm

Welcome aboard. Good thing you got on when you did. The train is filling up fast. Roll Tide!!!!


July 22nd, 2009
2:16 pm

Sounds like a good kid. Bama is a good school. Hope the best for him. To the sharp cookie talking about Richt’s recruiting… I am sure he is very concerned about the 2010 class… you may want to do a search on the WWW and see how much trouble he is having…


July 22nd, 2009
4:05 pm

Ed, multiple means more than one and guess what… UGA has 2! 1942 and 1980. Nice try though.

Ali Akbar Allah

July 22nd, 2009
4:19 pm

Why no mention of Tech?


July 22nd, 2009
4:45 pm

Wow…sswinfordawg….still a little sore about the 41-30 Blackout Beatdown in Athens last year, huh?? Good luck with that.


July 22nd, 2009
6:09 pm

Most Dawg fans are fair and gracious enough to applaud the kid for making a rational decision. He liked Georgia, but UGA just didn’t need a TE this year. The kid had the cream of the crop to pick from. He made a great decision and I think he’ll be a great player for Bama. Absolutely no reason to bash the kid.

Big Al

July 22nd, 2009
6:13 pm

Oklahoma or Alabama and yes UGA did offer him a full scholarship cheap shots! We need Brian at TE it is a spot in waiting for him, I am glad he chose us over all the SEC schools including Florida and UGA along with the other power houses which were actively recruiting him. **** Four star player Nice!

Footnote#1 The Chick-Fillet classic committee and ESPN came a calling to UA to play at their party each year, we did not go to them. Maybe Kids from Ga. like playing in the dome? It seems like we get there more often than you or Tech do. The Dogs are having a stellar week in recruiting as usual (no reason to growl). Take care of business in Florida and we will see you in Atlanta at our home field the Ga. Dome. :)


July 22nd, 2009
6:17 pm

Hmmm, have to admit that I’m ashamed at some of the comments by my fellow Dog fans on here. Good pick-up by the Tide. Sounds like a good kid too, glad we kept him in the SEC.


July 22nd, 2009
6:37 pm

I can’t find my blue bird!


July 22nd, 2009
7:03 pm

Awesome pickup by the TIDE! I would say to all the DAWGBONE HEADS without a brain, that you are just jealous of Saban since he “blacked out” your eyes. Looks to me like he is a way better judge of talent than ol “3rd Richt” himself since his talent won 2 NCs at LSU (one Miles happened to precide over, but it was Saban’s recruits) and is on his way to claiming many more with a consensus 2 consecutive #1 recruiting classes. Pretty obvious who is the better judge of talent. ROLL TIDE!


July 22nd, 2009
9:24 pm

remember the blackout… tide

Dawg Bama fan

July 23rd, 2009
6:34 pm

Congratulations Brian. Bama and Dawgs both are having good classes again. My wife’s a Bama alum and UGA myself. Two good programs.


July 23rd, 2009
8:25 pm

The dogs are jealous. At least he can read and talk so Ga. and Aubarn were out. Aubarn is the most horrible scholl in the history of time. Flubberville would still be there if he would have stayed in the closet.


July 24th, 2009
4:15 pm

John i would think you would at least take to time to use spell check seeing as how you misspelled school…I’m just saying!!!!

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