|Wexford (PA) North Allegheny offensive guard Patrick Kugler committed to Michigan|
(image via 247Sports.com)
Kugler is a 6'5", 280 lb. lineman. He claims a 5.1 forty, a 300 lb. bench, and a squat of 415 lbs. North Allegheny's team went 14-1 during his 2011 junior season.
ESPN: 4-star OT
Rivals: 4-star OT, #54 overall
Scout: 4-star OG
247 Sports: 4-star, 92 grade, #20 OT, #190 overall
Kugler was reportedly stopping by Michigan as a side trip when the main target of the trip was to head to Michigan State's junior day. He never went to MSU, though. After visiting Ann Arbor on Friday and meeting the coaches, he fell in love with the coaching staff and decided to commit.
I have yet to find any highlights of Kugler, so it's difficult to see what his strengths and weaknesses are. What we do know is that his older brother Rob signed with Purdue in the class of 2011; Rob redshirted as a true freshman. His father Sean has been the offensive line coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers since the beginning of 2010, so we can assume that he has instilled a solid foundation of technique in Patrick. The eldest Kugler also spent a few years as a Detroit Lions assistant coach in the early 2000s.
For lack of my own scouting report, here's what Bob Lichtenfels says about him over at Scout:
|Kugler is a technician and he is nasty. He finishes his blocks and always plays to the whistle. He has great feet and gets to the second level as well as anyone. Very dominant at the point of attack. he is equally adept at run blocking and pass protection. He is very cerebral and is rarely in bad position. Very good knee bend and deceptively athletic. Needs to fill out his frame more, but that will come with age and experience.|
If and when highlights of Kugler appear, I'll offer my own thoughts on his game.
This is absolutely ridiculous, but at this point, Michigan has concluded its recruiting of the offensive line for the class of 2013. Unless one of the 2013 kids decommits or if there's unexpected attrition, the coaches wanted five linemen and got five linemen . . . and they accomplished that task more than eleven months prior to National Signing Day.
The only other Michigan recruit from North Allegheny High School was linebacker/defensive end Chris Rogers in the 2004 class, who never played for Michigan and ended up at Penn State instead.