Recruiting: Kugler headed to the Big Ten

Michigan lands N. Allegheny junior
February 26, 2012 12:17 am

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Pat Kugler, a heavily recruited offensive lineman at North Allegheny High School, has decided to attend the University of Michigan.

Kugler is a 6-foot-5, 280-pound junior who is rated among the top 100 players in the country in the class of 2013. He had more than two dozen scholarship offers, including ones from Pitt, Penn State, Ohio State, Michigan State, Florida and Florida State. Kugler made a verbal commitment to Michigan while visiting the school this weekend.

"I think he's been leaning toward playing in the Big Ten [Conference] all along," North Allegheny coach Art Walker said. "I think it was a Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State thing and then Wisconsin got in the mix. Then I know Florida and Florida State interested him.

"He feels like his style of play fits the Big Ten because they're the kind of teams that run the ball. It's a conference known for offensive lineman."

Kugler was a Post-Gazette Fabulous 22 selection as a junior and an all-state pick after helping North Allegheny win a second consecutive WPIAL Class AAAA championship. Walker said Kugler could play guard, tackle or even center in college. He is the son of Steelers offensive line coach Sean Kugler.

"He's 6-5, 280, but he's athletic and runs well," Walker said. "With him being around his dad so much and seeing what the Steelers go through with injuries on the offensive line and players moving around, he is fully prepared to play guard, tackle or center. He played some center when he was a freshman [in Buffalo] before he got here. He's played right tackle for us, left tackle, he pulls well."

Pat Kugler will be one of two Kugler sons in the Big Ten Conference. Older brother, Rob, plays at Purdue. Rob was a tight end-defensive end at North Allegheny, but has switched to the offensive line at Purdue.

Rivals.com ranks Pat Kugler as the No. 54 player in the country for the class of 2013. He is one of two WPIAL players in the top 100. Central Valley receiver Robert Foster is No. 26.

For more on high school sports, go to "Varsity Blog" at www.post-gazette.com/varsityblog. Mike White: mwhite@post-gazette.com or 412-263-197
First Published 2012-02-26 00:08:07

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