Alec Ogletree, Charles Perkins speak out about UGA, Georgia Tech recruiting

Collins Hill RB Charles Perkins (AJC)

Collins Hill RB Charles Perkins (AJC)

Collins Hill tailback Charles Perkins has kept a low profile since he was Georgia Tech’s first 2010 football commitment last February. Newnan’s Alec Ogletree, who is ranked as the state’s No. 1 overall prospect by Scout, has been the talk of the town since he made the surprising decision to commit early to Georgia on June 26. We caught up this week with Perkins and Ogletree.Here are four things that you need to know about each:

PERKINS

Loyalty to Tech. As with all top prospects, colleges haven’t given up on Perkins despite his commitment. “The strongest [suitors] are Wake Forest and Vanderbilt. They called during the spring and always send a lot of e-mails. They both tell me I’m the No. 1 tailback on their recruiting board and are hoping I’ll change my mind. I’m respectful to them, and I’ll listen, but I tell everybody I’m 100 percent committed to Georgia Tech.”

Increase in weight. The 6-foot Perkins weighed 195 pounds when he rushed for 1,244 yards and 12 touchdowns as a junior. After intense offseason workouts, Perkins has increased to 207 with a target weight of 210. “That would be the perfect weight for my senior year. It would give me more power and make me harder to tackle. The extra weight hasn’t affected my speed at all.” Perkins said he is doing his best to eat protein-heavy meals.

No problem with rankings. Despite putting up big numbers in the state’s largest classification, Perkins is ranked behind other tailbacks, including M.L. King’s Mack Brown and Loganville’s Storm Johnson, by many recruiting services. “I know I’m better than some of those guys ranked ahead of me. I feel like I could compete with anybody for a starting position on any team. The rankings aren’t that big of a deal with me. Once you get to college, they’re not going to help you.”

Focus on school. With Perkins committing early, he didn’t have to spend this summer on the camp circuit, allowing him to focus on summer school. He took math and English classes to be able to graduate early and enroll at Tech in January. “It has been a lot of work, but it’s over this week and it has been worth it. It will be a huge advantage for me down the road. I’ll get a head start with my academics at Georgia Tech, and most importantly, I’ll be able to participate in spring practice with the football team. I don’t have anything to gain by staying at Collins Hill for a second semester.”

OGLETREE

The real deal. Ogletree was expected to wait until later this year to pick from 50 scholarship offers. However, Ogletree said he began to tire of the recruiting process and was sold on the Bulldogs over Miami. He broke the news at a banquet. “I knew a few days ahead I was going to do it then, but I didn’t let anybody know. I told my family right before we got there.”

No second thoughts. Since announcing, Ogletree said some people have urged him to look again at other schools, but most have been supportive of him playing for Georgia. “I’m happy with my choice, that’s the main thing. I had to do what was best for me.” He said countless other schools remain in contact, but he’s staying with Georgia. “The only way I consider changing would be a coaching change, and I don’t see that happening.” He continues to get flooded with mail from competing colleges. “I’m 100 percent with Georgia.”

Playing both ways. Few realize that Ogletree could have ended up as one of the state’s top prospects at wide receiver. “That’s what position I was supposed to play my freshman year, but I got in the wrong group. I went with the DBs at practice and they made me stay there.” Finally as a senior, Ogletree will return to wide receiver, as a part-time starter, because of a lack of depth. “I like it. It’s hard to jam me, and I think I run pretty good routes and seem to be doing a pretty good job in the passing leagues.”

Committed to playing safety. At 6-foot-3 and 215 pounds, Ogletree has the lean body frame to add 20-30 pounds of muscle in college. Many think he will end up playing linebacker or defensive end. However, Ogletree is determined to remain at safety. “That was part of the deal with Georgia, ” Ogletree said. “They promised I would get my first look at playing time at the safety position. I love it. I feel comfortable there.”

69 comments Add your comment

chad

July 12th, 2009
6:47 pm

Ogletree sounds like a real team player. He should fit in real well at ME Univ in cow town USA. Perkins is going to have a great four years at Tech.

Kenny

July 12th, 2009
6:55 pm

Chad, you speak HIGHly of the Yech playa. Hope he fits-in.

Paddy

July 12th, 2009
6:56 pm

Great response from both these kids. Looks like both schools have landed good ones.

gtjohn

July 12th, 2009
7:57 pm

Both individuals sound like quality team players. Don’t forget that even though you were recruited to play football, the educational opportunity is the most important reason for being there.

The Joke by Coke

July 12th, 2009
8:06 pm

Hope tech can hold off those juggernauts at Wake Forest and Vandy!!! I had to laugh at the “didnt have to go to camps” comment. Yeah, camps only make you a better player, sure would hate to have that happen, huh techies. And keep the education mumbo jumbo comments to yourself, these kids are going to tech and UGA for one reason, and one reason only. To play football. Neither would have a free ride if they didnt play sports.

Denver Dog

July 12th, 2009
8:15 pm

Good luck to both of these young men, I hope the do well in school and on th field. They both seem to have an excellent foundation to do both.

shawn

July 12th, 2009
8:20 pm

Of course the tech fan is more concerned about the UGA player than his own; pathetic.

heeldawg

July 12th, 2009
8:22 pm

Both good kids. I see great careers for both at their respective schools.

IRONMAN DAWG

July 12th, 2009
8:28 pm

Enter your comments here

BigMike

July 12th, 2009
8:30 pm

Perkins, while I commend you as a young man,I also must look at the facts! Vanderbilt? Wake Fores? You jumped at Tech because even though there 2nd tier to UGA, historically they are much better than the aforementioned “incredible two”. Get a good education, and enjoy college life, but be reminded that Alex Ogletree, and Hamilton are going to be knocking your head off every November, after moms stuffing. I’m sorry you are going to be two years late getting to campus, because you and the Ramblin-Welfare checks won’t win again. Sleep tight, and next year(2010) you can call up Mom and tell her you see bulldogs hitting you all the time!!! BAD nightmares!

IRONMAN DAWG

July 12th, 2009
8:32 pm

Congratulations to both kids. They deserve the very best in both Academics & Atheletics. Well done young men’s. GO DAWGS !!!!

shawn

July 12th, 2009
8:35 pm

Carvell, why don’t you do the recuiting blogs anymore? It has turned into a summarized version or Rivals and Scout.com now. Please come back.

Ramble On!!

July 12th, 2009
8:42 pm

Well, I guess we will take who we can get. It is pretty much a known fact that UGA will get the better athletes. Even I, a Tech fan know that if I had the opportunity to play on the flats or Between those hedges, I would probably go to the hated Dogs.

I mean, we all know which program puts more players into “the league”. Plus, we are only going to beat them every few years, maybe 25% of the time.

FL DAWG

July 12th, 2009
9:22 pm

Both kids sound like good young men. I hope they keep working hard at school and football to take advantage of their great opportunities. Good luck to both of them as individuals…just not Perkins team in late November. Go Dawgs!

LOL

July 12th, 2009
9:33 pm

Pi$$onaDawg

July 12th, 2009
9:34 pm

Both sound like great kids. It would have been nice to pick up Alec to replace Morgan. We’ll need more athletes like Morgan if we are going to keep beating the pups.

Mister T

July 12th, 2009
10:17 pm

Shawn,
Go read the blog comments on the recruit from TN that is holding out to come to Tech. You will find that uga fans have much more interest in Tech recruits than even their own. I think that all the bloviating by uga fans is only to mask the fact that CPJ has them wetting themselves.

November will make it 2 in a row and then we can listen to you cry “Well it is only twice in nine years.” Keep comforting yourself with that.

THWg!

Dawgman

July 12th, 2009
10:21 pm

National Champs this year!

GO DAWGS!

Tech getz bad recruits that don’t play good!

Ali Akbar Allah

July 12th, 2009
10:21 pm

Alec Perkins is the best RB in 5-A this year and will bring the Heisman trophy back to Atlanta before his time is up.

BS Patrol

July 12th, 2009
10:27 pm

Lower case Ramble On! & Joke get on back to your single wide meth labs now & take that possum off the grill.

DawginLex

July 12th, 2009
10:30 pm

Ramble on is one of my arch enemies but the one posting on here is an impostor. The real rambler never has anything nice to say about the dawgs.

ATL Dawg

July 12th, 2009
10:52 pm

Chad,

Why can’t you just congratulate both kids on their outstanding achievment of being athletic enough to warrant a scholarship to a major college. Why get your dig in against a school. Both are fine schools and each repsective player deserves the accolades without having to make condesending remarks. Just congratulate the young men and move on. Cahrles and Alec congratulations on your outstanding achievments – whatever school you attend you both are already winners in my book. Congrats!

BS Patrol

July 12th, 2009
11:09 pm

“Joke on Coke”

Heeheeheheh Haw Haw Haw Haw Har Har Har!!

You’d better lay off that stuff, son! I wouldn’t mix it with that homemade meth if I were you. It’s cooking your brain!

NORRIS

July 12th, 2009
11:30 pm

chad…
get an education. Get some religion.
Learn that tech is for losers.

Pago Flyer

July 12th, 2009
11:36 pm

Amazing you people wish “the world’s very best” to the gt kid…why, so he’ll come back and beat the DAWGS!?

OH NO!

July 12th, 2009
11:43 pm

Norris, DawginLex, ATL Dawg, Dawgman, guys, seriously, get a life. If Football is all you care about then you obviously have no clue. I know most of you never set foot on that “Institution” in Athens. If you did, well congrats. Fact is, you can compare statistics all you want with Tech and UGA. Yea the Dogs have more wins vs. the Jackets, we are reminded everyday. You forget the most important though. UGA 1 National Title. Georgia Tech 4 National Titles. And Tech’s is the most recent. Colorado had 5 downs and easier schedule, DONE! Tech would had killed them, no contest. Layoff the Kool Aid gentleman. REDNECKS!!!

BS Patrol

July 12th, 2009
11:58 pm

Alec, congratulations to you young man. Wish you had selected Tech but ga’s not that bad no matter what everybody says. They have at least had some decent football teams the last few years. If you apply yourself you may even be able to get a reasonably good second tier education.

macrotech

July 13th, 2009
1:58 am

shawn doesn’t need to go the TN blog to see what he’s making fun of….just look a couple of posts above his own….PRETTY sure THAT’S not a Tech fan! TJBC, “summer camps” may make you better at playing football, but an education is what college is all about. If one makes it through that; they’ve improved their chances at LIFE! It is right to wish both these students the best of luck…they’re off to a good start; either way! GO TECH!!!

Big Dawg

July 13th, 2009
1:59 am

I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again… we dawgs have begun our march to back to back national championships. With Ogletree on board we’re going to be incredible…. watch out everyone! The Bulldogs are back…. or should I say back to back!

Go dawgs!

T-Rav and the Eastside Grainger

July 13th, 2009
2:31 am

Lol. Yeah Charles dont worry. With Willie Martinez there, Ogletree and Hamilton will be shoulder bumping you down the sideline for four years.

SickandTired

July 13th, 2009
4:46 am

delusional Dawgs. The Wisconsin of the SEC. Their players are kids that are unlike any other schools kids. But the fan base is disrepectful, loud mouth, undereducated for the most part, prone to drunkeness and will attack ever their own schools players and fans but yet somehow manage to take your breath away with their stunningly arrogant attitude. The self righteousness is what you would expect that Gator Nation would have due to all their acccomplishments for the last two decades, however, the Georgia fan base exudes that the arrogance with nothing to point to as showing itself to be an elite program.
A nice program, but nothing other than their claim of being lead by a good christian man in Mark Richt to point to and say “We are an example of class and accomplishment that allows us to continue down this patch of self righteousness.”

AMG

July 13th, 2009
5:46 am

Keep talking UGA fans, we will see how loud you will be when you overachieve to a 6-6 record. You will start the season. 3-3 if you don’t screw up. Which everyone knows you will, just like last years #1 preseason ranking. That worked out well for you guys. Tech will DOMINATE you this year. Get use to talking about the past, its all you have.

2BT

July 13th, 2009
6:44 am

the ‘penis envy’ from UGA fans has reached new levels this summer! God it’s GREAT TO BE A JACKET!

Mike

July 13th, 2009
7:07 am

SickandTired…you nailed it, my friend.

Frank

July 13th, 2009
7:49 am

To OH NO!. and yet gtu remains irrelevant as a football powerhouse, you folks are a joke. This article is about 2 kids agreeing to play a game in exchange for an education. Congratulations to both. Having said that – It is funny to me how the gtu fans have replaced scu fans as the most delusional in college football. I must admit that scu has had more success against UGA during the last 18 years (with out cheating as per the NCAA) than has gtu. I really don’t hate tech, it goes much deeper than that.
THWGT!!!!

dgroy

July 13th, 2009
7:56 am

“but I got in the wrong group”…….sounds like he will fit in at UGA. Go Bees!!!!!

snapshot

July 13th, 2009
8:16 am

There seem to be a turn over trend here. Much was expected of the mutts last year and they did not produce. This seems to be the trend from muttville I am talking about. I guess the leg humpers are expected to accomplish big things again this year. Tech seems to be picking up top recruits from the state of Georgia that may have consider going to the athens drainage system. Trend, Trend, Trend.

follow the money trail

July 13th, 2009
8:54 am

A 3 point win is being dominated? Sure, you got a better coach at GT now, but let’s see how he does in the next 5 years before rash predictions. At least now the games between the 2 schools will be more interesting for the fans.

ahope3

July 13th, 2009
9:05 am

Seems all these UGA fans forget what we did to them last year. Can anyone remind them how many running, not passing, but running yards we stuffed down their throats. To correct Frank, it is not gtu. The school’s name is Georgia Institute of Technology. You know, the one where all UGA graduate’s bosses go to and where the UGA students didn’t go because they’re dumb as the cows on their campus. Face it, Tech is a better school, in a better city, with great D1 athletics. U(sick)GA is just plain average.

Saint Simons

July 13th, 2009
9:36 am

45-42!!!!!!!!!! hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

sidewalk74

July 13th, 2009
9:54 am

Nice job Perkins, you will be welcomed on the Flats. Graduating early to participate in Spring Practice and get a start on the academics. I look forward to seeing you run for 214 yards against the dogs. Just like Roddy did this year.
45-42 THWG !

Birdman

July 13th, 2009
10:02 am

Why do Tech fans still talk about education? 20 years ago, maybe…UGA is an excellent college, I graduated from the Terry college of business, which, by the way, is HIGHER RATED than Tech’s business school, so shut up! Your campus is in THUG land in Atlanta! Ugly as hell, same as your women, so grow up! You won once in 8 years, please put this in perspective tools! You win once and won’t shut up…..classic Tech. Hope your fat wife is reading your blogs nerds!

Birdman

July 13th, 2009
10:05 am

8-1 last nine years……HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!. Go to school in downtown Atlanta? Really? You Tech fans are tools and by the way, I have 9 of you fools working for me! Just fired one yesterday by the way…….

bb

July 13th, 2009
10:31 am

For the commenter that dis’d Perkins for skipping the summer camps to focus on school work. It seems to me he’s a pretty bright young man to realize it would be better to attend spring training under CPJ in 2010 than a generic summer camp in 2009 that would more than likely do little to prepare him to play under CPJ.

ahope3

July 13th, 2009
10:34 am

To Birdman, Great for you on graduating from the business school, but you seem to not realize that Tech focuses on ENGINEERING. That’s math and science buddy. People come to Tech from all over because we are world renowned. And if you wanna talk about rankings, I guess they forgot to teach you how to read statistics. Tech’s business school is ranked 22 in the country. And the Terry business school you graduated from is ranked 55. We are scholars that make dollars. Anyone can major in business, but you must have skill to be an engineer. Check your facts next time you wanna show your stupidity on the blog. As for Atlanta being “thug land” as you put it, it’s one of the biggest cities in the country. It has the top businesses located there and has a huge source of income, a good amount thanks to Tech being there. We have an urban campus and get to have the city right next to us which is great. Of course you will have crime and all the other things that come along will being a big city. Unlike Athens in the middle of nowhere. People defer to go to UGA just cuz of where it’s located. So in turn, everything you’ve brought up has been disputed. I guess they taught you that that would happen at UGA too huh?

ahope3

July 13th, 2009
11:16 am

And for the record, UGA is easier to get accepted into than Georgia State, that’s sad.

Immaturity Police

July 13th, 2009
11:17 am

Why are y’all arguing about education on a recruitment blog?

Anyway, the two schools are incomparable. UGA is known for it’s business, journalism, and fine arts; while, Tech is for engineering. They are both fantastic schools that any student would be lucky to get in to.

I had a friend who recently got in to Tech early admission but not UGA until regular admission.

The campus is based on preference. Some people like the small town feel, while others like the big city. They are two COMPLETELY different schools. Stop trying to compare them on a recruitment page

ahope3

July 13th, 2009
11:18 am

TO BIRDMAN………….Had to comment on the women thing. True the girls at Tech are not the finest, but come down off your high horse and realize, WE LIVE IN ATLANTA. So many beautiful women around our campus. YOU LIVE IN ATHENS. Go marry your cousin why dont you

ahope3

July 13th, 2009
11:26 am

Immaturity Police, chill. It’s all in good fun. And it’s a fact that Tech is a better school. Period. UGA concentrates on business yet we’re ranked higher. Again chill gramps

Immaturity Police

July 13th, 2009
11:27 am

That is not neccesarily true. By the way, it is funny you call me gramps. I’m actually a female young adult. You are just completely off the ball.