Chris Pogi gets the question all the time.
“Are you related to Aso Pogi,” fans ask, referring to the former Lawton High and Oklahoma State quarterback who concluded his career at Central Oklahoma.
Yes, Putnam City’s 6-foot-2, 220-pound senior is Aso’s nephew, and Chris is hoping to follow his uncle’s footsteps to Division I football.
Chris moved from Lawton to Oklahoma City last year, but had to sit out a year — which included football season and half of basketball — because of OSSAA rules. He hasn’t played a down of varsity football in 21 months, but he’s still been able to catch the eyes of college recruiters.
Tulsa has offered a scholarship, and plenty of other programs are looking hard at the strong, versatile athlete.
Playing for the smallest school in Class 6A Division I, Pogi’s size and skills will come in handy for the Pirates.
He can play running back, receiver, or even a fullback/tight end role on offense.
“Coming from Lawton, I played quarterback and tight end, so I feel capable of doing whatever I need to do on offense,” he said. “I’m really comfortable on the offensive side of the ball.”
Yet his biggest contributions this season could be on defense, where he’s a key piece of the Pirates’ 3-4 defense.
“Our defensive ends, Chris Pogi and Austin Williams, are our strength on defense,” coach John Wofford said. “I’m really pleased with those two young men.
“Chris is very versatile. We can move him around and do different things with him on offense. He’s a do-it-all type of guy.”
That’s how he projects at the college level, too. Smaller schools, like UCO and Oklahoma Baptist, have offered him a scholarship as an offensive player, while Tulsa likes him on the defensive side of the ball. But with no video from his junior year to show colleges, Pogi’s recruiting is likely to flourish with a strong senior season.
“Since I had to sit out last year, I haven’t really been hearing from a lot of colleges,” he said. “I’ll just have to wait out the season and see how it goes.”