When he first arrived at Brookstone, Brian Vogler decided he wouldn’t play football.
He had seen some time at quarterback in middle school at St. Anne but after receiving an academic scholarship to his new high school he decided to spend the fall in the stands.
He knew he couldn’t do it a second season.
“I really missed football,” he said.
With the encouragement of coach Blair Harrison, he put the pads back on.
“I made a leaping, behind the back catch my first day at practice and knew I was where I belonged,” Vogler said.
Wednesday morning, Vogler, a 6-foot-7, 249-pound tight end/linebacker signed a football grant-in-aid saying where he belonged next season is at the University of Alabama.
“It’s exciting seeing a player of mine go to the next level,” Harrison said. “Brian is going to the best at that next level.”Harrison said he believes taking the freshman year away from football helped Vogler.
“He needed some transition time. When he came to play he didn’t miss a beat,” Harrison said.
Vogler, ranked by ESPN as the 132nd best senior player in the country and 7th best tight end, had 14 catches for 331 yards last season and scored six touchdowns.
“Because so many teams double-teamed him,” said Harrison, “we had to use him a lot as a decoy.”
Harrison feels Vogler will be successful at the next level. “He just has to get stronger. He knows that.”
Vogler is also a basketball star but his first love is football. “It’s going to be exciting playing for coach (Nick) Saban.”
He took time off from studying for a marine biology exam to sign his scholarship papers in the school library in front of instructors and a throng of cheering students.
In the recruiting process, he had talked with coaches at Oklahoma, Maryland and numerous other schools but committed to Alabama in the summer. He never considered going anywhere else. “It was Alabama all the way.”s