Most high school seniors who have committed to Division I programs look forward to their freshman seasons in hopes of seeing what college life is all about.
Patrick Kugler (Wexford, Pa./North Allegheny) is already thinking past that.
The 6-foot-4, 275-pound offensive tackle for the Tigers will move over to guard or center for Michigan and is already thinking about playing in front of 2013 quarterback Shane Morris (Warren, Mich./De La Salle) down the line.
“It’s definitely going to be an honor because I’ve heard so many great things about him,” said Kugler, who received his Under Armour All-America Game jersey Thursday. “I’ve only met him once and he seems like your typical quarterback.
“He’s really confident. He’s a leader. He’s going to hopefully lead us back to Michigan’s glory days.”
That has Kugler thinking. He came to North Allegheny the son of a NFL assistant coach and won a state championship his first year as a sophomore.
Two years later, the squad is off and running again. With Michigan as the No. 2 class in the ESPN rankings right now, Kugler doesn’t see a reason that can’t translate into a national title.
“I hope in two years to definitely be starting,” Kugler said. “It doesn’t matter what position I play, I’ll do what the coaches say. I’m just hoping to get a national championship. I think with the recruiting class we have, we’ll have the opportunity to.”