June 27, 2009

Ogletree explains his decision

Alec Ogletree couldn't help but chuckle when relaying the reaction he got from Georgia head coach Mark Richt when he announced he was committing to the Bulldogs.

The country's top-ranked safety according to Rivals.com made his decision Friday night.

"I talked to Coach Richt first. After I told him, he put the phone down, said excuse me for a second," Ogletree said. "I guess he was in the weightroom because he just started screaming. He was real excited that I'm coming there."

That wasn't all Richt had to say.

"Coach said he really likes me and things I can come in and be a game-changing type player," Ogletree said. "He said 'We've got some really good players but we need someone that can make a big play every game.' He wants a game-changing player. I feel that's what I am."

Recruited by assistants Rodney Garner and Willie Martinez, Ogletree admitted his decision to go ahead and commit just came out of the blue.

However, that doesn't mean the Bulldogs haven't been on his mind.

Ogletree said he began seriously thinking about committing for "two weeks or so" after several discussions with his family, although he didn't finally make up his mind until Friday night.

"I just decided I would go ahead and do it," he said.

He admitted the Bulldogs weren't always first on his list.

Ogletree originally favored Miami and as late as last December, said he never gave the Bulldogs much thought.

"I really didn't have much interest in Georgia," Ogletree said. "But once I got know the people there and found out how nice it was, I changed my mind. I really like it up there."

As for Miami, Ogletree said he had yet to inform the Hurricane coaches of his decision.

"Not yet," he said. "It's going to be difficult but it is what it is."

Ogletree did not rule taking "one or two" official visits during the season but stressed he won't be changing his mind.

In fact, Ogletree said he intends to call several other of Georgia's top recruits to try and convince them to join him in Athens.

"I just feel real good about the program," he said. "It fits my style of play. I'm just very excited."
He might not be the only Ogletree on the team.

Alec said his twin brother Zander could also potentially join him. Zander Ogletree has yet to receive a verbal offer from the Bulldogs, but Alec said his brother would likely consider joining him as a preferred walk-on.

"He might," Alec Ogletree said. "I guess it depends on the offers he gets. He's supposed to go up there (Athens) on July 18. He could get an offer or they may ask him to be a preferred walk-on. I don't know."

Zander, a 5-11, 190-pound linebacker, does have an offer from Florida State.

Alec's offers ran well into double-figures. He said the Bulldogs will be getting a player who gives 100 percent all the time.

"I'm a very coachable player," he said. "I like to have fun but I also play hard all the time."

Although some of have suggested he might eventually grow into a linebacker, Ogletree said coaches have told him he'll be a safety for now.

"Most people don't see me as far as my ball skills go," he said. "Everybody looks at the highlights and sees all the hits. But I feel I can cover, too."

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