Other schools haven’t backed off Georgia commitment Ogletree

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.

Alec Ogletree

Alec Ogletree

“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.”

54 comments Add your comment

GA Faithful

September 15th, 2009
8:36 am

GATOR CHOMP

September 15th, 2009
8:49 am

Watch out for those MIGHTY GATORS.

78 DAWG

September 15th, 2009
8:49 am

Why can’t these classless schools respect his commitment? CMR would never do this!

Tubberville for Ever

September 15th, 2009
8:52 am

Come to Auburn, you won’t have to worry about showing up and finding out you don’t really have a scholarship after all, like you do at those georgia schfools

Houndstooth Hal

September 15th, 2009
9:11 am

Go to Auburn and play for a coach with a losing record.

blackout_dawg

September 15th, 2009
9:12 am

Tubberville for Ever, learn how to spell.

Why should he want to go over the the cow pastures of lower Alabama? He is a Georgia product and wants to play at the state University.

Houndstooth HAL 2

September 15th, 2009
9:24 am

Go to UGA and play for a Coach that is a loser and will be fired soon.

Classless?

September 15th, 2009
9:26 am

78 dawg, you mean like CMR did last with Stephen Hill?

Houndstooth Stinker

September 15th, 2009
9:26 am

Go to UGA and play for a loser coach who will be fired soon.

Stinger

September 15th, 2009
9:31 am

Georgia Tech is State Champion. If you want a Coach that is a winner, Tech is the only Major University (yes, it IS a university) in Georgia. Also, Tech is internationally recognized as a leading academic institute. If you are smart enough, go to Tech (if Paul Johnson will have you).

Brew

September 15th, 2009
10:14 am

78, it’s because a commitment isn’t necessarily a commitment to a 17-18 year old kid. How many times has a coach stopped recruiting other kids at a position only to have a kid renege on his commitment to the university?
Recruiting doesn’t stop until the LOI is signed.

PTC DAWG

September 15th, 2009
10:16 am

Seems like all if fair game until signing day.

Watch for teams whose fans are classy enough to claim UGA’s Coach will be fired…just saying, you can’t hide class.

pj

September 15th, 2009
10:17 am

“I still like the fact that they’re trying to recruit me.”

“I’ve already committed or WHATEVER.”

“RIGHT NOW I’m true to my commit.”

“I’m having fun with it.”

Those are red flags to me. Better watch this kid.

Noseknows

September 15th, 2009
10:21 am

Go to UGA, if you have any hands, you can start in the secondary forever.

AJC Fan

September 15th, 2009
10:25 am

Do some research AJC, Zander has NO offer from Florida State. It was only IF he brother came with him. Savannah State is the only offer he has to date.

Vick=Dog killing thug

September 15th, 2009
10:33 am

I’m sure UGA is looking at Zander and of course the young man enjoys the attention. Who wouldn’t ? Must be very exciting and I look forward to Alec (and hopefully Zander as well) playing between the hedges.

Tubberville for Ever

September 15th, 2009
11:10 am

I KNEW dog fans couldn’t get the spelling joke, tech fans maybe, dog fans NEVER, lol!
Stop that press conference, mark richt just took away your scholarship offer!
Over here we call him “pull that scholarship mark, while you still got a job and hair”!

DamnGoodDawg

September 15th, 2009
11:17 am

Schools need to be able to get commitments on the dotted line by June before their senior year. That way coaches don’t have to baby sit them for a year and they can concentrate on their senior year in high school.

StingersLover

September 15th, 2009
11:21 am

Stinger,

You are a total moron and an embarrassment to the human race. Please do us all a favor and jump off a really high bridge. Nobody would miss you!

professor

September 15th, 2009
11:22 am

not sure about your spelling but properly written, your last sentence should read “while you still have a job”…and the first sentence contains multiple sentences.

JEREMY CHANDLER

September 15th, 2009
11:35 am

THE NERD HERD SURE IS GOOD AT TALKING SMACK! THEY CLAIM STATE CHAMPS, BUT 1 OUT OF 8 IS NOT WORTH THE TALK

Dawgs Fan

September 15th, 2009
11:38 am

If Paul Johnson would have you? Hahahaha what a joke. He could play QB at your school!

drock09

September 15th, 2009
11:40 am

We truly support any of the cougars as far as their college choices it surprise me that uga haven’t offered zander. Maybe after Friday coach Gardner who was at the game will offer zander or Jamal Ransby. This story shouldn’t be published because every too recruit will continue to received letters until February. Greg Reid and many others changed their commitment last year right before signing day

Dawg Dude

September 15th, 2009
12:10 pm

Paul Johnson doesn’t even recruit guys like this. He knows he should spend most of his time on 2 and 3 star players and let UGA take all the 4 and 5 start guys. Maybe thats why we have won 7 of the last 8 games. Nice win last year but dont expect it to be a consistent thing.

CraZy TRaDe MaN

September 15th, 2009
12:17 pm

78 DAWG 8:49 am….
Don’t fool yourself every coach tries to get committed players from other teams even your beloved CMR!!!! Until he signs the paper he is still available.

PTC DAWG

September 15th, 2009
12:19 pm

On a bigger scale, I saw reference to an “early signing period” above…I think it’s a good idea. What say you?

SuperB

September 15th, 2009
12:24 pm

Alec,

I hope you stay with the Dawgs! We want you to be a Georgia Bulldog. Think……Champ Bailey. Go Dawgs!

CW

September 15th, 2009
12:47 pm

“The fans were great and the atmosphere was just amazing”. These are things a recruit will NEVER say about the joke by coke. F Tech. Your one glory hole year ends in November. Mark it

78 DAWG

September 15th, 2009
12:55 pm

CMR didn’t recruit Hill, he called wanting to be a DAWG, we were trying to do him a favor! You aubarn fans play Missouri State while we play top 5 out of conference teams and you still yap? how smart are ya!

Don't care

September 15th, 2009
12:57 pm

I don’t care about any of these schools but professor you are not a professor of english, obviously.

Topp Dogg

September 15th, 2009
1:10 pm

Yep GT still sucks on tuesday 9-15-09 mark it down.

Paddy

September 15th, 2009
1:19 pm

78dawg…of course CMR would go after a player he wants. It should not matter if the player has given a verbal to another school. I hope you are just being sarcastic?

Left Handed Complement

September 15th, 2009
1:28 pm

As Georgia continues to display sighs of a weak, ill-prepared team “our” recruits are beginning to show signs of wavering. What should the Georgia coaches do to store up this year”s team? Watch the game this week and see if Cox plays like a top SEC quarterback or if the defense reminds you of a top 10 team. Aaron Murray is the same caliber player as Stafford. The fans don”t know the situation on this team and the coaches do. We do see a program in trouble though.

Griffin

September 15th, 2009
1:33 pm

Stinger,
If you have to go out of your way to point out the fact that Tech “IS a university” what does that really say?

BG

September 15th, 2009
1:53 pm

Glad you are a DAWG!!!!!!!!!!!

Stinger

September 15th, 2009
2:14 pm

Griffin, I pointed out that Tech is a University because 99.9 percent of UGA fans do not know this, or even what a university is. They think because Tech’s Official name is Georgia Institute Of Technology that it is NOT a University, Wrong. Also, to the rest of you dumb ass dogs,
Paul Johnson selects his players and many good ones are not offered. As for Stars, the only thing that matters is the final score on the field. Georgia Tech IS State CHAMPION. Dawgs are champion of Clark County.

1eyedJack

September 15th, 2009
2:37 pm

78 Dawg – CMR stole Fred Gibson from FL on signing day. Rumor is he bought Fred’s mom a new car to get him to commitment and promised he would start as a true freshman. CMR has no class, he cheats by breaking rules during recruiting and even during the games (by telling his players to get person fouls), he authorized late hits on Dez Bryan early in the OK State game, and he still can’t win anything, yet all you GA clowns think he is the second coming of Jesus. I just don’t get it.

dawgDave

September 15th, 2009
2:45 pm

stinger,
you are the dumb arse. its clarke county. not clark. Oh yeah, you are one of the many tech fans who only go to about 2 home games and no away games so you have probably never been to athens and seen how good it is over here.

Doesn't MAtter

September 15th, 2009
2:57 pm

whoever doesn’t want him to go to UGA are all haters. UGA’s recruiting is getting better and better and you people are just tryin to bring it down. SHUT UP

Flo-Ri-Duh!

September 15th, 2009
3:15 pm

Mighty G A Y tors ……. Alex is and will be a Bulldog. UGA is building a defense that will be strong for years to come and this recruiting class is very strong on defense. Defense wins championships.

Flo-Ri-Duh!

September 15th, 2009
3:18 pm

Tech was L U C K Y to win against a mediocre Clemson team. Miami is going to humiliate them.

Monticello Dawg

September 15th, 2009
3:46 pm

Maybe Alec wants to play for the SEC team that has won more games than any other in the Mark Richt era. This looks like a down year (meaning maybe a 9-4, a record that caused rings to be ordered at GT, but a disappointment at UGA). Ogletree knows the Dogs are loading up for national championship runs in 2010 and 2011, and he wants to be part of it.

GATOR CHOMP

September 15th, 2009
3:57 pm

Stop dreaming Mutts Im willing to bet anyone of you cowards that AO will never suit up one game for you lozers”Book It”And this is coming from the same guy that told you morons that Mack Brown was all Gator.

Stinger

September 15th, 2009
3:58 pm

Monticello
You have been in an illusion since 1980, when ya’ll cheated and gave Hershel a new car. Seems to me that was no NC since you cheated. CMR is a loser and yo know it. You also know that Coach Paul Johnson is the real thing.

Stinger

September 15th, 2009
4:02 pm

UGA lost to a mediocre Ok St team as they got whooped last week end by a so so Houston Team. South Carolina will probably be worse than Kentucky and Vanderbilt. You guys are real losers and CMR is your leader.

Stinger

September 15th, 2009
4:08 pm

Dawgdave
I guess you are proud that you are champions of Clarke County since you were kind enough to correct the spelling. Ha Ha Ha

Bark with a helluva bite

September 15th, 2009
4:39 pm

Didn’t Cox have the flu, lose 9 pounds and not practice? Please don’t have the nerve to bring up Ok St. or even S.C. for that matter of fact. UGA will continue to fight the battles of the tough SEC while GT skates the ACC basketball conference. Oh yeah, I heard the weather report for the game in Miami. Severe storms with likely Hurricaine wins.

Jenzen

September 15th, 2009
5:21 pm

Did someone mention the Florida GAY-tors? Why would Ogletree want to disgrace himself by playing with, er, I mean for, the GAY-tors?

gatorman770

September 15th, 2009
5:55 pm

Alec is a great safety and the Gators would be after him too if wasn’t for the fact that we already have 4 safety commits (Scout rates as 2 five stars and 2 four star)for 2010. Good luck to him with the curs.

Stinger

September 15th, 2009
6:24 pm

UGA always brags about their recruiting stars, well by their own ratings, three or more SEC schools have better recruiting almost every year. I guess that means they will always be middle of the road in their so called ‘tough’ SEC.