North Allegheny offensive lineman Pat Kugler has made his college choice.
Kugler made a verbal commitment to the University of Michigan while visiting the school this weekend. Kugler is a junior who is rated among the top 100 players in the country in the class of 2013. He is 6 feet 5, 280 pounds.
North Allegheny coach Art Walker said he knew Kugler had liked Michigan ever since the Wolverines offered a scholarship. Kugler had more than two dozen scholarship offers from Division I schools.
"I think he's been leaning toward playing in the Big 10 all along," Walker said.
Walker said Kugler could play anywhere from guard, tackle or even center. 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's older brother, Rob, played tight end and defensive end at North Allegheny. He is now at Purdue and has been moved to the offensive line for the Boilermakers.