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TUSCALOOSA — Colin Peek vividly remembers the day he met Brian Vogler.
The former Alabama tight end got a call from defensive coordinator Kirby Smart, who had a star recruit in town for a 2009 summer camp.
Vogler was practically a Peek clone, so Smart wanted the two to meet.
Turns out their connection extends well beyond the visual similarities.
Peek’s mother, the former Kathryn Collins, was close friends with Vogler’s mother Christina at the University of Florida. Through conversation, Vogler also found a tie to the next generation.
“He actually dated one of my older sister’s friends,” Vogler said as he cracked a smile, “and I got a lot of great stories out of that.”
Too weird, Peek thought.
“They say it’s six degrees of separation,” Peek said with a chuckle, “but I truly believe everything in life is probably three degrees of separation at this point.”
Now Vogler, a Columbus, Ga., native, is primed for a larger role in the Tide offense, in which Peek enjoyed success as a member of the 2009 national title team.
Vogler is working both at the traditional tight end position once occupied by Peek and the hybrid H-back spot Brad Smelley played a year ago.
Peek likes to think he had a role in Vogler’s decision to choose Alabama. It started with Smart’s introduction.
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