Alec Ogletree, Georgia’s No. 1 prospect, picks UGA with brother’s blessing

Alec Ogletree, the state's No. 1 prospect, picked UGA over Miami, among 50 scholarship offers (AJC)

Alec Ogletree, the state's No. 1 prospect, picked UGA over Miami, among 50+ scholarship offers (AJC)

Newnan safety Alec Ogletree, who is ranked as the state’s No. 1 prospect by Scout, hopes to play college football with his brother.  

However, that remains to be seen, as Alec made a surprising commitment to Georgia over more than 50 scholarship offers this weekend. His twin, Zander Ogletree, has an offer from Florida State and is under consideration from Georgia.

“We want to play together,” Alec told the AJC. “Georgia said they are serious about [Zander] and they might offer after they get to evaluate him later this summer at camp.

“If it doesn’t work out, that’s OK. He’s got other options, too. I just felt Georgia was the right place for me, and I didn’t see any reason to wait any longer.”

The 6-foot-2, 215-pound Ogletree is ranked as the nation’s second-best safety by Scout. He is the most celebrated commitment of Georgia’s 2010 recruiting class, which already has 11 early pledges. The Bulldogs are expected to sign 18 players in February and are quickly filling up their scholarship slots after a slow start.

Georgia is still in solid contention for many of the state’s top rising seniors, including Douglass defensive end Garrison Smith, M.L. King tailback Mack Brown, and Jackson linebacker Neiron Ball.

With Ogletree, Georgia edged out his longtime favorite, Miami. “I got to visit both campuses to see what they are like. I really liked Georgia better. The coaching staff made me feel like I was at home.”

Zander, a 5-9, 205-pound linebacker, said he was proud of his brother. “I think it’s cool he picked Georgia. I wish the best for him. Maybe I’ll get to play with him at Georgia, maybe I won’t. Whatever happens, I’m sure it all will work out for the best.”

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The Nature Dawg

June 28th, 2009
9:10 pm

Diamonds are forever, and so are the Georgia Bulldogs!

2BT

June 28th, 2009
9:20 pm

Hope (for your sake) this guy can make ‘open field tackles’!!! The way Tech rushes for 300+ yards a game and all…. just something to consider! :) THWG!

BG

June 28th, 2009
9:24 pm

Welcome Mr.Ogletree you just made a very wise choice. Go Dawgs!!

heeldawg

June 28th, 2009
9:24 pm

2BT: Keep on jawin’. Get it all out of your system, all eight years’ worth. You guys have five more months before the universe is made right again.

Mitch Cumstein

June 28th, 2009
9:26 pm

Jealousy is rampant amoung the techie crowd. small wonder with their only win in the century coming last year. Enjoy it you homos, you’ll need it to last a while! 45-42 won’t taste so sweet before long!

LADAWG

June 28th, 2009
9:27 pm

Solid pickup. This class is coming together nicely. His brother is on the smallish side, but does anybody remember London Fletcher? London was 5′9″ and had a solid career. Anyways, congrats to Alec and to hell with Tech.

GoTech610

June 28th, 2009
9:28 pm

Great! Way to go UGA! Bring in good talent only for Martinez to completely ruin him! Don’t expect to exploit Ogletree for his maximum potential. Kid should have went to Florida where they actually know how to use talent.

GoTech610

June 28th, 2009
9:30 pm

Hey Mitch,

Jealousy I think not. GT beat your star studded cast last year with recruits not even recruited for the system. Your recruits can have all the stars in world, but your coaches will squander any talent they have….

Rob

June 28th, 2009
9:34 pm

Good thing you people at the AJC published this two days after it happened. Way to break news guys.

superDawg

June 28th, 2009
9:35 pm

I think Ogletree just made a smashing hit on tech.

Dawgtime

June 28th, 2009
9:37 pm

It’s about time. The number 1 kid in state commits and then we have a serious delay. Hmmmmmmm. Welcome to the DAWG family Alec. For the Dawg fans, let me encourage all to focus on this huge commitment and not all the useless gossip and pathetic bloggers. We just got a commitment from a kid that is the prototype strong safety. 6′3 215 with range and bone crushing hits. Oh he said no to GT. This kid is smart and talented. Go DAWGS. For all the GT and Gator fans that will post pointless comments about UGA and this kid, I say to get a clue and focus on your team. Ask yourself why you are reading UGA blogs.

macrotech

June 28th, 2009
9:39 pm

superDawg i’m sorry about what I said about UGA.You were right,tech may be in ruff situation this year our D is in bad shape.

Michael Carvell

June 28th, 2009
9:39 pm

I’d say there’s a 50-50 chance that UGA will offer Zander. It all depends on how he performs at UGA’s summer camp, and what some other prospects that UGA has offered decide to do, such as N. Ball, etc. Zander at 5-9 or 5-10 projects to play OLB or safety in college. If you ask the folks in the Newnan, they say he’s a better “player” than his brother, who is obviously a better “prospect.” Then again, FSU is already impressed enough with Zander and I’m sure other big-time D1 schools will offer sooner or later, if not UGA.

LizDawg

June 28th, 2009
9:45 pm

Welcome to Athens Alec!

Dawgtime

June 28th, 2009
9:46 pm

GoTech610, why are you reading and posting on UGA blogs? If you are happy with GT, find a GT blog. Useless trash talking serves no purpose. I can’t understant why you are so focused on UGA. I never read GT blogs. I have no interest in what GT is doing until they play UGA. If you truly feel GT is superior why are you trying to point out the flaws of a lesser (your perception) team? It makes no sense. You guys act like you won the lottery last season. Is beating UGA that big of a deal to you? Beating GT is a given in Athens. The truth is that UGA’s team was playing with an unusual number of serious injuries but that is old news. The present news is that we are rocking in recruiting. Go Dawgs.

Tom Davis

June 28th, 2009
9:51 pm

tech fans are trash

GATECHFAN

June 28th, 2009
9:56 pm

WHY DOES GEORGIA ALWAYS GET THE BEST PLAYERS????? MAYBE WE SHOULD ASK CPJ IF WE CAN SHOW THE NEW RECRUITS OUR DYNAMITE DUNGEON AND DRAGONS SESSIONS WE PLAY BEFORE EACH HOME GAME. WHAT DO YOU GUYS THINK?

Hill Dawg

June 28th, 2009
9:57 pm

Hey,GoTech610. So you think Ogletree “should have went to Florida”. There may be some who think you should have gone to an English gramma class. On second thought, I guess you did went to one at Tech.

GoTech610

June 28th, 2009
9:58 pm

GATECHFAN,

I am sure Richt was asking himself the same thing when CPJ took Ayers right out from under his nose….:)

[...] Alec Ogletree, state’s No. 1 prospect, picks UGA with brother’s blessing | AJC College S… Alec Ogletree, state’s No. 1 prospect, picks UGA with brother’s blessing 8:52 pm June 28, 2009, by Michael Carvell Newnan safety Alec Ogletree, who is ranked as the state’s No. 1 prospect by Scout, hopes to play college football with his brother. However, that remains to be seen, as Alec made a surprising commitment to Georgia over more than 50 scholarship offers this weekend. His twin, Zander Ogletree, has an offer from Florida State and is under consideration from Georgia. “We want to play together,” Alec told the AJC. “Georgia said they are serious about [Zander] and they might offer after they get to evaluate him later this summer at camp. “If it doesn’t work out, that’s OK. He’s got other options, too. I just felt Georgia was the right place for me, and I didn’t see any reason to wait any longer.” The 6-foot-2, 215-pound Ogletree is ranked as the nation’s second-best safety by Scout. He is the most celebrated commitment of Georgia’s 2010 recruiting class, which already has 11 early pledges. The Bulldogs are expected to sign 18 players in February and are quickly filling up their scholarship slots after a slow start. Georgia is still in solid contention for many of the state’s top rising seniors, including Douglass defensive end Garrison Smith, M.L. King tailback Mack Brown, and Jackson linebacker Neiron Ball. With Ogletree. Georgia edged out his longtime favorite, Miami. “I got to visit both campuses to see what they are like. I really liked Georgia better. The coaching staff made me feel like I was at home.” Zander, a 5-9, 205-pound linebacker, said he was proud of his brother. “I think it’s cool he picked Georgia. I wish the best for him. Maybe I’ll get to play with him at Georgia, maybe I won’t. Whatever happens, I’m sure it all will work out for the best.” [...]

jdawg

June 28th, 2009
9:58 pm

I guess what Mark said in Rome several weeks ago is coming true…just hold on…things will happen…jdawg

BEWARE OF THE BITE

June 28th, 2009
9:59 pm

welcome Alec…

GoTech610

June 28th, 2009
9:59 pm

Hill Dawg,

“I guess you did went to one at Tech”…maybe you should find a grammar class….and fast!

Mike Bobo 17 INT

June 28th, 2009
10:00 pm

Too bad this talent will go wasted. UGAY could recruit every top-talent in the nation, and still come closer to winning a national title than Agnes Scott.

Anyone who chooses this program must understand they are entering an overrated and under-coached program.

If it is not too late, look at higher quality programs such as UF, Southern Cal, Texas or LSU.

Sunshine

June 28th, 2009
10:00 pm

Dawgtime, we are on your blog for the same reason WTF?, yellowblood, Yellow jackets are peter eaters, ect… are on our blogs! Till you control your minions we will be on your blogs talking as much sh#! as they are. Tit for tat.

Bob

June 28th, 2009
10:02 pm

Greta snag for UGA, too late to help with last year’s Bama Blackout debacle…..

Bob

June 28th, 2009
10:05 pm

Great snag for UGA, sorry too late too help with the 2008 Bama Blackout debacle.

edward

June 28th, 2009
10:07 pm

GOTECH610…I do believe that Hill dawg was making fun of your spelling. Not so quick on the uptake are we??

Brian Jones Tech Fan

June 28th, 2009
10:10 pm

While i am a tech fan i have watched this kid play and he is very impressive and will one day play in the league wish he had gone to tech but either school is a good school stay in state. With that said i dont know that he is best player in state but then agian who knows havent seen everyone play but he is a good one. I will follow that up with let these other tech fans run there mouth i will say i am glad that the rivalry is back i know many uga fans want to think this year was a fluke but CPJ is the real deal and is gunna be fun to see ga and ga tech play in primetime every year.

Courtney

June 28th, 2009
10:12 pm

Mitchell

June 28th, 2009
10:14 pm

Alec just took a sh*t on tech nerds

Joe Schmoe

June 28th, 2009
10:15 pm

Brian Jones, I agree with what you said. He is definetly a big hiter, but not sure if he is the #1 prospect in the state. You guys got a good pick up.

Ryan

June 28th, 2009
10:16 pm

Ogletree’s definately a HUGE pickup! He hits like a truck and can cover. Some are talking about him eventually becoming a LB, but I don’t see it. His brother might be a tad short for a LB, but from what I hear might tryout for a FB position with UGA.

Brian Jones Tech Fan

June 28th, 2009
10:18 pm

joe schmoe ayers and alec are very similar players. i dont understand why these tech fans run mouths we lost for 7 years. while i enjoyed it i am just glad that i can look foward to football agian i cant wait for season to start and nov 27 will be in primetime i hope love that game at nght

Hill Dawg

June 28th, 2009
10:21 pm

GoTech610, you are too dull witted to catch a simple slam. Go upstairs from your little basement hide-away and ask your mom to explain it to you. Then again, maybe you shouldn’t. You have humiliated her enough.

Joe Schmoe

June 28th, 2009
10:22 pm

Yea, I watched a few games in Newnan, and the kid can hit. Pretty big, and he does a descent job of covering for his size. Tech got Beno from Newnan as well.

The Truth

June 28th, 2009
10:34 pm

Mike Bobo…UGA finished 11-2 and #2 in the nation in 2007…you wouldn’t consider that “close” to a national title? Furthermore, UGA is 3-2 against LSU in the last 5 meetings…so UGA is clearly in the same class as LSU. UGA is 74-18 since ‘02 with two SEC Championships and two Sugar Bowl Championships. They are also 6-1 in bowl games since ‘02.

For you to come on a UGA blog spouting out that kind of non-sense shows how clueless you are about college football. Although UGA hasn’t won a MNC, they are clearly a superior football program with great coaches. Over the last 10 years, they have continued to produce big-time NFL players in large numbers. Much of that is talent, but a big chunk is also coaching.

So, the question is…why would a recruit not want to go to UGA? They could go to Tech and be part of an option offense or UGA and be part of a pro-style (NFL) offense. Why do you think Stafford came to UGA…to be part of a pro-style offense…subsequently, he was the first pick in the draft.

YH 71

June 28th, 2009
10:37 pm

Wonder if this has any connection with the Jarrick Williams commitment to Bama Saturday. Just seems odd that 2 of the top safeties commit at the same time for different SEC programs. The way it’s looking though, Williams might have to wait in line for the Tide to get a chance. Saban is loading up on DB’s. (well, on pretty much everything else too; come to think of it)

Flo-Ri-Duh!

June 28th, 2009
10:39 pm

Next a d-end and a corner and a couple of d-tackles and the defense will be set. UGA should end up with about 20 to 22 commits this year -not 18 as reported. Two guys were kicked off the team and one commit last year didn’t qualify.

Artie

June 28th, 2009
10:43 pm

You read it here first..UGA gets stomped in its 2009 opener!!! The ‘Pokes are going kick some Bulldog ass!!!

Uga dog

June 28th, 2009
10:52 pm

Must be pretty dumb in schoolwork–wont have to study to play for UGA

TechDan

June 28th, 2009
11:04 pm

Truth, to be fair, one of those Sugar Bowl wins was over a vastly overmatched Hawaii team.

As for Ogletree, he made a good choice. He can be a real impact on a currently poor defense, perhaps in spite of Martinez. He’ll get to play early.

Diamond Dawg

June 28th, 2009
11:05 pm

Welcome big Dawg!! Your now part of the best program in the country!!! Go Dawgs!!!!!

Skydawg

June 28th, 2009
11:14 pm

@Artie………..yawn! Just like the same crap we were hearing before the 2005 season from the Okie fans and the rest of the country for that matter. That was before we laid an a$$ whipping on the Cowboys in the 2005 opener with guess what?…at QB that had been a career long backup with only his Sr year to showcase his talents. Things turned out pretty well for the Dawgs that day, for their SR QB (thanks DJ) and for their season as SEC champs.

So you guys keep piping off. All its doing is adding fuel to the fire because this team, this year, will come out highly motivated. And for you Tech geeks, let it go already. We dropped 42 points on you. It was a 3 pt win and the first one in 8 years. We’ve seen this all before. One win per decade after all the hype of we’ll get you next year. No one is really impressed…seriously, so let it go.

SEC fan

June 28th, 2009
11:22 pm

Ranked #1 in the nation by Rivals and #2 by Scout. What a great get by UGA.

Reality

June 28th, 2009
11:32 pm

And in other news, GIT fans continue to pee on themselves following last season’s once in a lifetime win over Georgia. Film at 11.

tigermike

June 28th, 2009
11:35 pm

Great pick up for UGA. Ogletree is a player.

And for the Tech fools…..remember your momentum for this season..
LSU 38 GTfools 3

Geaux Tigers!

LS Who?

June 28th, 2009
11:37 pm

All this spouting by Tech fans. They must have forgotten the Chicken-fil-A Bowl obliteration by the Tigers. A team, I might humbly add, that was beaten by Georgia in Baton Rouge.

Hairofthedawg

June 28th, 2009
11:43 pm

Welcome home Tree. I can’t wait see you on the field. You committed to a great program and the Dawg Nation is very excited to have you on board. Look forward to seeing some big hits and interceptions. Goooo Dawgs! woof woof

Comin' Down The Track

June 28th, 2009
11:57 pm

Thy beatdown cometh, bugs.