June 26, 2009
So, I told myself that I was done with recruiting this year, but since Paul is away, coverage falls to me. UGA's recruiting efforts have picked up this month starting with Da'Rick Rogers and has now totaled six more recruits. The latest is another headliner: Alec Ogletree of Newnan ($ subscription required $). Rivals ranks him as the top safety in the country and the #29 player overall. He's 6-3, 210 and runs a 4.55. The commit was a bit surprising because Ogletree hadn't given many indications of where he was leaning. Be glad he was tilted toward Athens.
Judging by this video, he can move and isn't shy at the point of contact. (Warning: the video's music contains naughty words. If you're sensitive, turn your speakers down, but don't close your eyes.)
It was the second commit in as many days. Yesterday Treasure Coast, Florida linebacker Deon Rogers committed to the Dawgs. Unlike Ogletree, Rogers had virtually no other BCS school offers, which has disturbed the recruitniks. Hey, the coaches saw something and the kid is really fast (4.48). He will need to add some weight to his current 197 pounds to play SEC football, but if he can keep that speed and tackle well, we can use him.
Others have cynically pointed out that Rogers may have gotten an offer because he is boys with Jeff Luc, another Treasure Coast linebacker with considerably more acclaim than Rogers. As in the No. 8 player in the country. Luc has appeared wide open so far, but it can't hurt that Rogers is already in the fold and can talk the Dawgs up to Luc for eight months.