All-American Josh Oglesby
It’s hard to humble when you’re 6-foot-8 and 310-pounds but talk to All-American candidate Josh Oglesby and you can hear the definition of humility on the telephone. Never has a prospect with this much hype been so humble. Oglesby, from St. Francis high in Milwaukee, Wis., touches on all things recruiting. Does he have a leader at this point in his recruitment.
“I really don’t have a leader right now,” Josh Oglesby said.
“I’m looking at Wisconsin, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Michigan, Iowa, Michigan State, Tennessee, Arkansas, Louisville, Illinois, Stanford, Nebraska, Florida, Florida State and USC. These are the schools that have offered me a scholarship.
“I you press me to name a top seven right now then I’d have to say it would be Wisconsin, Notre Dame, USC, Florida State, Ohio State, Iowa and probably Nebraska over Michigan.
“Nebraska because when they offered me a scholarship, they had every single coach send me a hand-written letter and that meant a lot to me, Wisconsin did the same thing.
“I don’t want to seem cocky or ungrateful but Michigan just isn’t recruiting me as hard as these other schools.
Does Josh Oglesby feel the pressure to stay in-state to play for the Badgers?
“There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t hear something about Wisconsin in school or on the streets.” Oglesby said.
“Badger fans will come up to me and ask me what I think about Coach Bielema and they’ll see me in the mall and yell something like “How bout that ‘Motion W’” which is the W on the side of the Wisconsin helmet.
“When it’s all said and done, this is going to be my decision. My coach (Doug Sarver) has done a great job with me just educating me on each school. Coach Sarver lays the framework on each school for me.
What are Oglesby’s plans for the summer?
“I’m going to fly out to Los Angeles with my youth coach and camp with USC.” Oglesby said.
“My youth coach is a USC fan so that’s going to be a big thrill for him. I’m definitely going to Madison’s (Wisconsin) camp and probably Ohio State and Notre Dame. Notre Dame invited me to their invitation only camp.
“I’m thinking about going to Iowa’s camp and it’s a possibility that I’ll go to Nebraska’s spring game and camp.”
Oglesby started his high school career at nearby Vincent High School and didn’t play football. He transferred to St. Francis before his sophomore year and the rest they say is history.
“I didn’t like it at Vincent,” Oglesby explained. “It made things worse when I didn’t play football. I don’t the coaches at Vincent liked me to much for that.
“When I got to St. Francis as a sophomore, I worked my butt off and volunteered for everything. If Coach Sarver said he needed a wide receiver, I ran out on the field. He [Sarver] would start laughing but I wanted to show my teammates that I was not only a big body but I was willing to work hard.”
Sarver remembers Oglesby making an impact a few years back.
“We won state the year Josh came to us as a sophomore,” Coach Sarver said.
“We had an all-state tackle by the name of Jose Valdez whose now at Arkansas and Josh got some good tutelage under him. That was a special team. Josh is an outstanding player but I’ll tell you what, his best football is ahead of him.
“Josh is a real force but sometimes things can be awkward for him because he’s so big and he’s playing against smaller kids but he has great feet, he’s extremely athletic and tough. Josh finishes his blocks, he’s got great explosion in his hips.
“Josh is a student of the game but he knows there’s always room for improvement and to get better. Josh is a great kid and a great student.
"As far as when he’ll make a commitment, I’d say he’ll probably trim his list down in the summer and he might make a decision. That hasn’t been set in stone just yet.”
Coach Sarver told Scout.com that he did talk with Oglesby and his family about the possibility of graduating early but that looks like it’s not in the cards at this point.
Josh Oglesby was named a junior All-American and he was named to the USA Today’s Top Junior list. Oglesby was also named to several All-State teams.
I don’t think I can remember the last time the top two prospects in the region were from Wisconsin. Oglesby and Racine’s John Clay could be the top two prospects in the Midwest when Scout.com releases rankings in late spring.
Landing these two cornerstone recruits is priority #1 for Bret Bielema and the Wisconsin staff but they are going to have some stiff completion along the way.