By Roy & Harv Schmidt
We thought that Lake Forest's Matt Vogrich might choose to wait a couple of days until announcing his college decision after completing his final official visit this weekend. However, upon returning home Vogrich felt he had seen all that he needed to see and thus felt there was no reason to prolong it any longer. As a result, we are willing to bet that everyone can guess where he will be headed. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye lets everyone know in this blog.
Matt Vogrich, the 6'4 shooting guard extraordinaire from Lake Forest High School in Lake Forest, IL, verbally committed to the University Of Michigan after taking an official visit to the Ann Arbor campus this weekend. Vogrich chose the Wolverines over Stanford and Notre Dame.
There is no question that Vogrich will flourish in Wolverine head coach John Beilein's system, as it is one that utilizes shooters and Vogrich has proven to be one of the premier long-range bombers in the country. Perhaps no player in Illinois rose his stock as quickly on a national level during the July evaluation period as Vogrich did, as he turned in spectacular performances at the Adidas It Takes 5ve Classic in Cincinnati, the Chicago Classic in Deerfield and the Adidas Super 64 in Las Vegas while competing on the traveling team circuit with Full Package Athletics. It was quite reminiscient of how Bobby Frasor ascended the national ranks during the summer prior to his senior year at Brother Rice High School.
In addition to being a lights out 3-point shooter, Vogrich also surprised college coaches throughout the country at the high major level this past summer with his outstanding athleticism, his ability to defend on the perimeter and being able to put the ball on the floor and drive in addition to pulling up. With that being said, he has earned all the praise that his come his way.
The bottom line is that the Michigan coaching staff did an absolutely outstanding job of recruiting Vogrich once they identified him as one of their top recruiting priorities during the summer. From that point Beilein, Associate Head Coach Jerry Dunn and assistant coach Mike Jackson worked around the clock in their efforts to close the deal. The fact that both of Vogrich's parents are Big Ten graduates certainly didn't hurt either.
Notre Dame had hoped to secure a commitment from Vogrich after having him on campus for an official visit during the first weekend of September, but when he decided to take his remaining official visits to both Stanford and Michigan, it was at that point that the Irish opted to exercise other options.