North Allegheny OL Patrick Kugler issues verbal declaration to Michigan
Written by: Josh Funk on Saturday, February 25th, 2012
One of the top returning offensive linemen in all of the WPIAL has announced where he will continue playing college football.
Patrick Kugler, a 6’4, 270-pound offensive lineman from North Allegheny High School in Wexford, issued a verbal declaration to the University of Michigan today, according to national recruiting services Scout.com and Rivals.com.
Before issuing his declaration to the Wolverines, Kugler had generated at least 27 verbal scholarship offers from programs all across the country. The offers included Arizona, Boise State, Cal, Cincinnati, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Florida State, Iowa, Maryland, Miami (FL), Michigan State, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State, Pitt, Purdue, South Carolina, Stanford, Syracuse, Tennessee, UTEP, Virginia Tech, Washington and West Virginia.
Scout.com rated Kugler as a four-star prospect; so too did Rivals.com. Rivals ranked Kugler as the No. 54 prospect in the nation for the 2013 recruiting class. Scout.com has not yet released position rankings for the 2013 class.
Kugler’s older brother, Rob, committed to Purdue as a tight end and played on North Allegheny’s PIAA AAAA championship team in 2009.
One of two returning starters in the trenches for the Tigers in 2012, Kugler, in his junior season, helped to pave the way for a North Allegheny offensive unit which averaged 414.9 yards (266.7 rushing, 148.2 passing) and 38.3 points per game en route to the program’s second consecutive WPIAL AAAA championship and berth in the PIAA AAAA semifinals opposite Central Dauphin.
The Tigers, who scored 81 offensive touchdowns (61 rushing, 20 passing) as part of their school-record 574 points last season, finished the year with three backs over 770 rushing yards and a 2,200-yard passer.
North Allegheny finished 14-1 in 2011, and enter the 2012 season having won 38 of their last 42 games.
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