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 Rivals.com 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.”