Profile for 2013 U of M Commit Patrick Kugler

Sean O’Connell, UMGoBlog.com: “Michigan landed yet another nasty, nasty offensive lineman in Patrick Kugler. He has a ridiculous motor, fantastic feet and is a very smart football player. If you like your offensive linemen to have a mean streak and play all the way until the whistle blows, Kugler is definitely your type of player.

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Name: Patrick Kugler

Position: Center

Height & Weight: 6’4” 270 lbs.

High School: North Allegheny Tigers (PA)

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Colin McGovern Update

Colin has a Michigan visit planned for March, and even though the Wolverines are full at the offensive line position he stills plans on attending just in case some thing happens. McGovern and Coach Funk keep in contact on a regular basis and have developed a very strong relationship. “Coach Funk informed me that even if I wanted to commit, they wouldn’t allow me too because they’re full at the OL position,” McGovern said.

Four-star offensive tackle Colin McGovern from New Lenox (Ill.) has over a dozen offers and has been very busy lately visiting schools and Colin McGoverntaking in offers. Colin has offers from the likes of Alabama, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Purdue, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Vanderbilt, Michigan, Illinois, Iowa and Nebraska. He recently participated in Tennessee’s junior day only days before he visited Vanderbilt. Here is an update on McGovern’s recruitment as of now:

  • Colin has a Michigan visit planned for March, and even though the Wolverines are full at the offensive line position he stills plans on attending just in case some thing happens. McGovern and Coach Funk keep in contact on a regular basis and have developed a very strong relationship. “Coach Funk informed me that even if I wanted to commit, they wouldn’t allow me too because they’re full at the OL position,” McGovern said. “They’re still interested in me quite a bit, but they’re focusing on other positions right now so I’d have to wait.” Even though McGovern can’t commit right now, he is still excited to visit Ann Arbor to see what Michigan has to offer. “I just want to visit and see what Michigan has to offer. I know that they have a great football program and a lot of history behind it, as well as a great education,” McGovern said.
  • McGovern’s first visit was to Ohio State (barf) and he had a “crazy experience” there. “The whole game time atmosphere and the game itself were exhilarating,” he said. Second, he visited West Virginia. “West Virginia had a different feel to it, but it was still a great experience,” he said. After those two visits, McGovern then visited Northwestern and said “It was cool to see the coaches and players in action during practice, and Coach Fitzgerald and Coach Cushing were both very welcoming and easy to talk to.” Lastly, he visited Illinois a few weeks ago and was able to see their facilities up close, which were “some of the nicest equipment and facilities that I had ever seen.”
  • I asked McGovern to give me a little bit of a breakdown on what he thought were his biggest strengths and weaknesses. He said: “My biggest strength would probably be my ability to stay low through out my block considering my size. My speed and athleticism are also big strengths in my game. A weakness that I’m currently working on is my explosiveness coming off the ball.”

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A Chat with Erik Magnuson

More Interviews from UMGoBlog2012 Recruiting Board

Offensive tackle is a huge position of need and Michigan got a verbal from one of the best in the country this past weekend in left coaster Erik Magnuson. The Californian made it in to Ann Arbor last weekend and made his verbal pledge to Coach Hoke.

Erik MagnusonSean O’Connell: Did you know Coach Hoke before he took over at Michigan?

Eric Magnuson: “Yes. I have a great relationship with him that was started when I was 15 because he was at SDSU, just 20 min from my house.”

Sean O’Connell: Who was your primary recruiter? How is your relationship with him?

Eric Magnuson: “Coach Ferrigno. I have a GREAT relationship with him.”

Sean O’Connell: Did you grow up a fan of Michigan? Where did the interest come from?

Eric Magnuson: “I didn’t have a favorite team growing up. My interest all came from Coach Hoke going there.”

Sean O’Connell: How did you commit and what was the reaction?

Eric Magnuson: “I had a meeting with Coach Hoke, Coach Ferrigno, Coach Funk and my dad. I just told coach I was ready to commit and they went crazy. It was awesome.”

Sean O’Connell: What other schools did you consider?

Eric Magnuson: “Oklahoma, Notre Dame, Miami, Boise State, Oregon and USC.”

Sean O’Connell: Have you talked to any other kids about coming to Michigan?

Eric Magnuson: “Yes, a lot. I’m trying to help build a national championship team.”

Sean O’Connell: Last one. I know there is a long time until February, but do you think you’ll visit any other schools along the way?

Eric Magnuson: “No, I don’t think I will.”

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A Chat with Kyle Dodson

Kyle Dodson is one of the best offensive linemen in the state of Ohio for the 2012 recruiting class. Offensive tackle is a major need for Michigan’s class and Dodson will surely be one of Big Blue’s highest priorities.

Sean O’Connell: Who do you have offers from at this point?

Kyle Dodson: “I have offers from Michigan State, Illinois, West Virginia, North Carolina State, Michigan, and Ohio.”

Sean O’Connell: So many people assume that most Ohio kids grew up Buckeye fans, is that the case with you? If not, do you follow for a certain team?

Kyle Dodson: “I grew up a Buckeyes fan, but that has nothing to do with where I will fit in the best and where I will choose to study and play football.”

Sean O’Connell: When you make the final decision on a school, what are the main factors you will be looking at?

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A Chat with Dan Voltz

Michigan only inked  two offensive linemen in their 2011 recruiting class. Therefore, the coaches will be hitting that area very hard for 2012, possibly taking 5 kids. Illinois guard Dan Voltz is one of the Wolverine’s early targets and he recently answered a few questions about his recruitment for UMGoBlog.Rivals.com

Sean O’Connell: How many offers do you hold?

Dan Voltz: “I currently hold 16 offers. They are from Arizona, Boston College, Cincinnati, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Northwestern, Purdue, Stanford, Vanderbilt, West Virginia, Western Michigan, and Wisconsin.”

Sean O’Connell: What are your top three factors when looking at schools?

Dan Voltz: “Football tradition, academics, and campus.”

Sean O’Connell: Does location matter?

Dan Voltz: “Location does matter. I am a big midwest guy and would love to play football in the midwest. But if there is a school outside of the midwest that I like, I won’t hesitate to look at it.”

Sean O’Connell: Do you have a school you grew up cheering for?  If so will that factor into your decision?

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