Alexander Ogletree got an unexpected phone call late Saturday morning.
Alec Ogletree, the bigger and better known of the Ogletree twins that star for Newnan High, was on the horn with Georgia head coach Mark Richt when he summoned his brother into the room.
“Coach Richt wants to talk to you,” Alec told his brother, best known as “Zander.”
“What’s he want?” Zander wondered aloud.
“I don’t know. Talk to him,” Alec replied.
Nobody else in the family had to hear what was said on the other end of the phone to know what happened. All they needed to hear was Zander’s reply.
“I’ll take it,” the Cougars’ linebacker said.
That touched off an impromptu, living-room celebration.
“We were really excited about it,” said Allyson Ogletree, the boys’ mother. “It’s a good day, especially compared to last night.”
Newnan lost to Northside-Warner Robins in the Class AAAAA state semifinals Friday, a game that saw both Ogletrees play both sides of the ball and almost every snap of the game before falling 29-24. Time expired with Zander flat on his back and almost inconsolable.
But in attendance at the game was Georgia assistant head coach and recruiting coordinator Rodney Garner and, clearly, he had seen what he needed to see.
“They said they liked the way I played and I remind them of another person [likely current Georgia linebacker] Rennie Curran,” “I don’t know what took them so long but I was just glad.”
It’s something for which Zander and his family have been hoping and praying for a long time. To date the 5-foot-9, 200-pound linebacker had only small-time offers and conditional pitch from Florida State with hopes of luring Alec. The 6-3, 210-pound Alec is a five-star prospect that’s rated No. 2 in America at his position by Scout.
Zander becomes the Bulldogs 19th commitment for the Class of 2010. They’d hoped to sign one more linebacker in this group than they currently have pledged. They also had offers out for Jeff Luc of Port St. Lucie, Fla., the No. 1-ranked linebacker in America, and Lowndes County’s Telvin Smith, an FSU commitment. Luc committed to Florida State Saturday, according to Chad Simmons of Scout.com.
Meanwhile, the Ogletree home in Newnan was much more upbeat Saturday evening than it was Saturday morning.
“Yeah I feel better,” Zander said. “But I don’t think anything can take that away [the sting of losing in the state semis]. Nothing can change that game and this was my senior year. So it’s tough. But it’s good to be a Bulldog.”