North Alleghney (PA) four-star offensive linemen Patrick Kugler talks to GBW about his commitment to Michigan, his first chat with coach Brady Hoke last night, his father's reaction to his commitment, his campus visit and more.
Patrick Kugler committed to Michigan football program this past weekend without even talking to his future head coach Brady Hoke. That has since changed as the four-star offensive linemen finally caught up with the head man last night.
" He is really exactly how I pictured him," Kugler said to GoBlueWolverine about his phone conversation with Hoke. "He has very high energy. He is serious and very straight to the point. I like everything about him on the phone. I can't wait to go meet him actually."
Kugler was the fifth offensive linemen to commit to the 2013 class, in a wave of ten Wolverine commits in a week's time. At 6'4, 270-pounds, he is rated as one of the top interior linemen in the country, and said playing center for the Maize & Blue is a real possibility.
"Yeah I am just open to anything," Kugler said about possibly playing center in college. "Anything really to get me on the field quicker. I'm not trying to start freshman year. I'm ready to redshirt and pay my dues and everything. I definitely will play any position to see the field."
With five offensive line commits in the fold, Kugler said he was told he would most likely be the last offensive linemen commit for this class.
"Basically they just said they are looking to take five linemen and if the numbers do switch around they could possibly take six, but most like they will take five. Anyway, (if they sign one more offensive linemen) to make this team better is fine by me," Kugler said.
Growing up in Clarkston, Michigan from kindergarten through fourth grade, Kugler always had a one eye on the Winged Helmets. That awareness came from his father Sean Kugler, the offensive line coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers, and also a lifelong Michigan football fan. Kugler said he would attend Michigan games with his family on the average of two times a year while residing in the Wolverine State, and his father couldn't be happier with his decision.
"He was definitely really excited," Kugler said about his father reaction to the commitment. "He obviously thought that's where I would end up going. He has always grown up cheering for Michigan. He was really happy with my decision. He has heard everything great (about the coaches), and he heard nothing bad about this coaching staff. He knows they do a good job, and he is excited for me to get up there."
Kugler's visit to Ann Arbor was an all-day event that started at 9 a.m., and included trips to the Al Glick Field house, academic center, and the athletic facilities. He was also able to sit down with his main recruiter, offensive line coach Darrel Funk, and speak with offensive coordinator Al Borges for the first time.
"I sat down with coach Funk and coach Borges each for about an hour, and we discussed football and the future of Michigan, and what standards Michigan has," Kugler said.
But his trip to the main campus and to Michigan Stadium is where he sealed his commitment to the Maize & Blue.
"Then we took a tour of the campus, and I could tell the campus was really nice and I could see myself falling in love with it," Kugler continued. "And then we went to the Big House, and that is what definitely sold me. I couldn't imagine playing in front of 110,000 fans per game."
With his commitment now behind him, Kugler plans on making it back up to Michigan at the end of March and for the Spring game.
- Kugler has been in contact with fellow offensive lineman commit Kyle Bosch. It is the only commit he has been in contact with thus far.