If you were to look up Alec Ogletree’s statistics, you might be tempted to say, “Super 11? What’s so super about that?”
The reality is, Newnan’s all-star free safety hasn’t had a whole lot to do. Manning the back line of the Cougars’ defense, Ogletree simply hasn’t gotten a lot of action, especially these last two weeks. On the year, Newnan has outscored its opponents 101-15, including shutouts in the last two games.
“The defense is pretty much the key part of our team,” said Ogletree, who has 14 tackles in the three games. “We’ve got a lot of returning players on the defense so we’ve got a lot of experience. As far as me, I haven’t been getting a lot of plays. It’s kind of hard because most of the time our defensive front and linebackers are pretty much making all the plays. I try to make the best out of it. The good thing is Zander is getting a lot of action. He’s been making some big plays and stuff.”
“Zander,” or Alexander, is Ogletree’s twin brother. He plays middle linebacker for the Cougars and is a prospect in his own right.
One of the ways Ogletree busies himself is by playing offense. The 6-foot-3, 210-pounder has been taking 10 to 15 snaps a game at wide receiver. Twice he has led the team in receiving and he scored on a 30-yard touchdown pass against Chapel Hill on Sept. 4.
“Alec is playing well,” Newnan coach Mike McDonald said. “He’s led us in receiving the last two games. We’ve played so well up front on defense the last couple of games he hasn’t had to do too much.”
Ogletree is rated the No. 1 safety in Georgia and committed to the Georgia Bulldogs in late June. He was among the dozens of commitments and prospects at UGA for the South Carolina game this past weekend.
“It was great,” he said. “I really enjoyed the atmosphere and it was nice to be around a bunch of the other players that have committed. The fans were great and the atmosphere was just amazing. It was wild in there.”
Even though Ogletree considers himself a solid commitment to Georgia, that hasn’t stopped other schools from continuing to come after him.
“I’m still getting emails, calls, everything,” Ogletree said. ” Coaches are still trying to get me. It calmed down a little bit but I’m still getting stuff from coaches all the time. I probably hear from Tennessee and Auburn the most.”
So far Ogletree said the constant overtures haven’t caused him to waver.
“It’s not really affecting me,” he said. “I still like the fact that they’re still trying to recruit me. But I’ve already committed or whatever and right now I’m true to my commit.”
That said, he could still take some official visits elsewhere.
“I don’t know if I am or not really,” he said. “Maybe if my brother wants to go I might go with him or to see a school or whatever.”
Zander has an offer from Florida State and is also being recruited by Auburn along with numerous other lower-division programs. Ogletree said he still hasn’t made his official visit to Georgia and plans to do so at some point, preferably with his twin brother. Ogletree is on record saying he’d like to play with his brother but that it’s not a deal breaker.
As far as the continued recruiting attention, Ogletree said it doesn’t bother him.
“I’m still enjoying it really,” he said. “I’m having fun with it.”