Newnan DB Alec Ogletree to see Miami for the first time

Newnan safety Alec Ogletree, who is considered the state’s No. 1 prospect, says that Miami is his favorite school out of 35 scholarship offers.

He will visit the school this weekend. On Friday morning Ogletree, his uncle and a family friend will travel to Miami to watch the Hurricanes in Saturday’s Spring Game.

It will be a 22-hour trip for Ogletree, who lists Miami, Georgia, Florida State, Florida and Alabama as his top choices.

“I’ve never been to Miami,” Ogletree told the AJC on Thursday night. “I haven’t been down there yet to see what they are all about. That’s why I’m going to Miami this weekend. I can’t drop them because I haven’t sat down and talked to them like I have with Georgia.”

Ogletree said he became attracted to the program at an early age. “They were on TV one day when I was little,” he said. “I started watching them on TV and have been ever since.”

Ogletree said he does not intend to make his college decision this weekend. “I’m probably going to wait until after my senior season of football.”

Last weekend, Ogletree showed up for UGA’s Junior Day and got special attention from coach Mark Richt.

“Georgia definitely moved up with me after spending time with [Richt]. I rode with him from the weight room to Georgia’s practice in his truck. We had a lot of time to talk and to get to know each other.”

“[Richt] said if I was to sign with Georgia, that I could be a big help there. He said that playing at Georgia and being close to home, it would be much easier for my family to watch me play. We talked about staying close to God, and living life to the fullest potential. [Richt] said even if I don’t go there, he wanted the best for me as a person. It really meant a lot.”

Ogletree said his twin brother, linebacker Zander Ogletree, will not be joining him on the trip to Miami. Zander has been offered by FSU, and Alec said playing with his sibling in college will be a major factor in his decision.

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  • 46 comments Add your comment

    jp

    March 26th, 2009
    10:10 pm

    so if it’s a packaged deal than UGA needs to go ahead and offer because we really need some safeties.

    5Titles>State of GA combined

    March 26th, 2009
    10:35 pm

    Come on down Alec

    FLDAWG

    March 26th, 2009
    10:51 pm

    Unless the brother can really play there will not be a package deal. The Brinkley brothers proved that and went to USC.

    CowDawg

    March 26th, 2009
    11:04 pm

    After seeing this kid play, I don’t care if GA has to offer his brother, uncle, and grandfather if that’s what it takes to get him in Athens. He’s a very special player. He looks like a linebacker but he plays safety like a true safety. He covers the entire field and has great closing speed considering his stature. He’s the biggest hitter, I’ve seen on a High School football field. I saw about 7 Newnan games last year and he caused an opponenet to miss game time after one of his big hits in almost every game I saw.

    SamoanDawg

    March 26th, 2009
    11:06 pm

    I think he’ll sign with Ga.. just my big gut feeling : )

    SamoanDawg

    March 26th, 2009
    11:22 pm

    CowDawg, I like the description u have on the kid, b/c IDK anything about him. He must be that good to considered being #1 in the state. Let his bro come too..

    JM

    March 27th, 2009
    12:09 am

    his bro is a solid 3 star maybe 4 star player at linebacker.

    the only problem is that uga only has 1-2 lb scholarship’s for next year and we’re in the running for several 5 star/high 4 star recruits. michael taylor is a strong lean already, so that’s probably going to take up one of those spots. the question is do we try to take the ogletree brothers and miss out on a guy like luc or do we try to get both luc and the better ogletree bro.

    10 saftey Alec Ogletree - VolNation

    March 27th, 2009
    12:23 am

    [...] seems like Richt is quick to pull GOD out as a recruiting tool. http://blogs.ajc.com/recruiting/2009…he-first-time/ “[Richt] said if I was to sign with Georgia, that I could be a big help there. He said that [...]

    Ted Striker

    March 27th, 2009
    12:57 am

    Dunno where Alec Ogletree will eventually sign but he sounds like a nice young man. Everyone needs to find their own place.

    Drago

    March 27th, 2009
    3:36 am

    Zander Ogletree is a player, he is just a bit undersized for LB. But, he has a motor and has no quit in him. Alec and Zander are non identical twins. UGA could do a LOT worse than offering Zander.

    Hunk Erdown

    March 27th, 2009
    4:20 am

    Not sure about Zander but Alec is a “Night Train” Lane (for you older football fans)/ Ronnie Lott type of player.

    If you could get Eric Berry and a guy who may or may not ever play a down, would you be willing to spend two scholarships? I would, in a New York second. The thing is… Alec could actually be a better player than Berry. I don’t think the talent level of these two guys are comparable to the Brinkley boys, the Ogletree Bros are better by a long shot. Besides, we could always make room by cutting one of the kickers.

    Spike

    March 27th, 2009
    6:56 am

    When he sees Miami, (the city) and what an urban cesspool it is, he will change his mind. Talk about culture shock!

    dap01

    March 27th, 2009
    7:59 am

    At least Alec will get to see the huge contrast between CMR and Miami.
    Come on Alec, be a hero in your home state. Come to UGA and bring your brother.

    Dawg97

    March 27th, 2009
    8:28 am

    And the “U” is in dire straits as a program, with a coach, Randy Shannon who’s a good guy but on the hot seat because Miami kept getting their lunch handed to them. To top it off, that stadium down there is a DUMP. All he has to do after his Miami visit is picture that dump in comparison to breathtaking Sanford Stadium and it’s no comparison.

    The cherry on the Sunday is that the SEC is the only conference that actually prepares you for the NFL. We have a much higher % of guys who play on Sundays and especially nowadays, the ACC simply cannot compare.

    BlawgDawg

    March 27th, 2009
    8:32 am

    I can hear it now….”Lane (New Mouth of the South) Kiffin accuses Georgia coach Mark Richt of cheating by having a recruit in his pickup truck”

    Hunk Erdown

    March 27th, 2009
    8:43 am

    The more I hear about Zander the more he sounds like another Sam Mills (petite sized LB that played for the Saints), This is beginning to look like a no-brainer.

    Dave In Tampa

    March 27th, 2009
    8:48 am

    Hey Volnation or Voldad – What on earth is wrong about talking about GOD. If you think that CMR only talks to recruits about GOD then your a fool and have paid no attention to his accomplishments. GOD is much more important to CMR than fottball. He loves the Lord and shares that love and message with everyone he comes across whether if it has to do with football or not.

    For all you people that like to take pokes at CMR’s faith keep it up. If that’s all you have against a man being a true Christian then you have nothing. I’m proud of our coach, as a coach and man of faith. You folks knocking it need to take a look in the mirrow and examine yourselves because that’s where the real problem lies!!

    Go Coach Richt and Go Dawgs, but most of all GO GOD!!!!

    Baba O'Riley

    March 27th, 2009
    8:53 am

    Please…let’s not have another blog on religion!

    Dave In Tampa

    March 27th, 2009
    8:56 am

    Baba O’Riley – It’s not about religion, but about a man’s faith. There is a difference. I just don’t like people knocking a man because of it regardless which team he coaches.

    Baba O'Riley

    March 27th, 2009
    9:02 am

    Not going down that road

    GTJacket02

    March 27th, 2009
    9:14 am

    Going by the title of the article, I thought this was about yet another recruiting violation in the SEC (SouthEastern Cheaters). THWG

    MoDawg

    March 27th, 2009
    9:30 am

    GTJacket02 had to come on here and mouth off because Alec does not mention the gnats when listing his favorite teams.

    The envy and jealousy will never end.

    THWGT!

    Dawgilama Deux

    March 27th, 2009
    9:36 am

    I won’t go down that road, however, CMR’s religious ideals are what lock up many top recruits…Ask Marlon Brown!!! It’s not like he acts this way to recruit certain individuals, he’s just sincere about what he believes, nor does he pick and choose who to discuss his faith with. That’s just CMR being CMR. It’s certainly information worth noting when the #1 recruit in the country and CMR talk “about staying close to God, and living life to the fullest potential”. Some recruits may be turned off by this, but most recruits and their families, especially in the South, find CMR to be a valued mentor and fatherly figure.

    Volnation, I don’t think CMR chooses to be strong in his faith because it’s a good “recruiting tool”. However, when Tennessee loses it’s Top 2 in-state recruits to UGA, I can see why you may choose to think so shallowly.

    The Red and Black

    March 27th, 2009
    9:40 am

    [...] another from the AJC about Newnan DB Alec Ogletree, potentially part of Georgia’s 2010 [...]

    Middle GA Dawg

    March 27th, 2009
    9:40 am

    GTJacket02 Speaking of cheaters, didn’t the North Avenue Trade School reciently come off probation for cheating for 2 to 3 years by playing an academically ineligible QB? Thats right, they did. Those who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.

    Baba O'Riley

    March 27th, 2009
    9:47 am

    Dawg97- The Orange Bowl is no more. The Canes signed a 25 year lease to play at Dolphin Stadium. While it doesn’t have the atmosphere of Sanford, it is no dump and is very easily accessible from the florida Turnpike.
    I’m not a believer in Randy Shannon. He’s a really nice guy and a good coordinator, but as long as he’s the head man down here, Miami will not return to national prominence

    GBRAVE

    March 27th, 2009
    9:58 am

    Sign both, then sign the Ogletree kid from Brookwood.
    Georgia can have a whole team of Ogletree’s

    kelscruggs

    March 27th, 2009
    10:04 am

    Hey FLDAWG, If we can get 1 Jasper Brinkley out of 2 scholarships then we should do it.

    Richard Dawson

    March 27th, 2009
    10:08 am

    Baba O’Riley – if you don’t wanna go down that road, why bring it up? Put your headphones back in quadrophenia mode and listen to the Who in teenage wasteland.

    Baba O'Riley

    March 27th, 2009
    11:34 am

    Didn’t bring it up RD. Read before you post.

    Moses

    March 27th, 2009
    12:54 pm

    Wow! Richt is using God as a recruiting tool. He must be desperate.

    blackjacket

    March 27th, 2009
    12:58 pm

    Thanks for your defense of God and CMR. Now, learn how to spell mirror. Clue–it’s not mirrow.

    blackjacket

    March 27th, 2009
    12:59 pm

    Sorry, this was for TAMPA DAWG.

    Buzz

    March 27th, 2009
    1:45 pm

    Too bad he probably reads on a 3rd grade level, he could have came to Tech instead. He will probably be an over-achiever at UGA though.

    Cuz

    March 27th, 2009
    1:55 pm

    If we just burned a scholly on another kicker why not offer a twin scholly to the twins. The faboulous Brinkley brothers would have gone to UGA if offered dual scholarships. They grew up Dawg fans.

    Mitch Cumstein

    March 27th, 2009
    2:11 pm

    Brinckley brothers definately come to mind in this case. Look what they did to UGA 2 yrs ago when our offense was offensive. and if we’d won that game, we’d have played LSU in Atlanta nad then woulda beat the stuffin out of Ohio State. The stars need to line up just right for UGA to get a break…. or, do we make our own breaks?

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    dd

    March 27th, 2009
    4:24 pm

    GT & all SEC schools except UGA have ugly women!!

    SB

    March 27th, 2009
    4:34 pm

    A guy makes a typo with one word and you have two NERDS that have to point it out. Try and understand the message unstead of spell checking every blog. The First NERD could not even get the bloggers name correct so maybe you better go back to your little, pitiful hole. Think before you speak(blog) NERD BOY!

    JustCallMeChamp

    March 27th, 2009
    7:53 pm

    DUDE, Miami is a CESSPOOL! A cesspool with no fan base. Better carry a gun when you make your trip!

    whoanelliecane

    March 28th, 2009
    1:33 pm

    To all the haters. Athens is a beautiful city and UGA is a prestigious University. That being said it does not give the right to an uninformed idiot to make statements about a city such as: “cesspool” and “better carry a gun”. Every city has its bad areas. It is like comparing Atlanta to Athens. Take your rose colored glasses off and respect other programs and their cities. Side note: Miami can’t be all that bad if Coach Richt attended and graduated from UM; UM has placed more 1st round players in the NFL the last twenty years than any other program.

    Reality Check....

    March 30th, 2009
    3:32 pm

    Baba O’Reily, blackjacket, and Buzz really need a reality check…

    newnancougar

    March 30th, 2009
    7:55 pm

    Hey Buzz this kid is an A and a few B’s kind of kid he is a great person. Zander is an all A student and is the class vice president so they look a lot smarter than you do right now. I would look up my stuff before I go saying things I dont know such as he is probably on a 3rd grade level.

    [...] Alec Ogletree is one of the top propsects in the country. He is ranked # 31 on the Rivals 100. He is the top prospect in Georgia for the 2010 class and he is showing strong interest in Alabama. He recently said that he may visit Bama sometime in the next week. Here is an AJC article from several weeks back with some good info on him. Newnan DB Alec Ogletree to see Miami for the first time [...]

    cferdinand_nhs_rb5

    June 21st, 2009
    3:14 am

    Buzz- u should really read up before you post on here. If would have read, you would have known the Alec and Zander have the the 2nd and 3rd highest GPA’s, respectivly, on the Cougars, behind QB Russell Powell who graduated with honors this year. As a freshman runningback at Newnan, that see’s Alec and Zander as role models that i see around town regularly and tend to help out at practice regularly, i am very mad, matter of a fact pissed that you would insult them like that. maybe you should go pick up a book and read up before you talk about someone. you jerk!!

    AthensCane

    July 12th, 2009
    3:13 am

    Dude, i don’t recall the state of georgia being a tourist spot??? Ain’t South Beach among the many places that a lot of people from different country visits???