Wesley Oglesby Update

Wesley Oglesby

Just last month we introduced you to Arlington (Tex.) Grace Prep defensive end Wesley Oglesby. The 6'6" pass rusher had escaped the public recruiting radar, until his impressive 11 scholarship offers were unearthed. Another power may be now stepping up to the plate, while Oglesby also tells us his early thoughts on his favorites.

The surprise story of Wesley Oglesby last month brought to your attention a verifiable blue chip recruit, holding 11 offers from schools in the Big 12, Pac-10, ACC and SEC.  But there were other programs nibbling at the 6'6" 230-pound pass rusher, as well.  It looks like one of the big fish may be taking a bite out of the Grace Prep Academy athlete.

"I just got a letter from Florida.  It was handwritten from Coach [Dan] Mullen," Oglesby tells us.  "It sounds like an offer.  I have to call them to be sure of that, but they have been talking to me a lot lately."

The Gators would join Arkansas as the second school from the SEC to tend a scholarship offer to the Arlington athlete, though he says his favorites at this time can be found elsewhere in the country.

"I would say my top five right now are Cal, Duke, Arizona, TCU and Oklahoma State," Oglesby allows.  "If Florida really has offered, they would probably go onto that list."

When we last spoke with the Texas talent, he named Cal and Duke as his two early favorites.  They were, not coincidentally, the first two schools to extend him scholarship offers during his junior season.  TCU is a hometown school and make obvious sense for his favorites list.  Both his parents are OSU alumni, so the Cowboys do not surprise us.

Urban Meyer may become the hottest thing on Oglesby's mind, but it is a different warm-weather destination who has made the most progress in the last month in recruiting the Grace Prep prize.

"I've been talking with Arizona a lot more," he shares.  "They've educated me on their program a lot more.  I didn't know a lot about them before."

That makes two Pac-10 programs now in the front part of the pack in this hotly contested recruitment.  His third offer from the West Coast came not long ago from Stanford, and that relationship is still germinating.

"I now know them a little better than before.  I get a bunch of mail from them and have talked to them once or twice," he comments on the Cardinal.  "I'd compare them real close to Duke the way they are set up, and how the coaches are.  They have to recruit players who are smart as well as athletes.  I've been interested in Duke for a long time because of their early offer, so I'll be interested in Stanford, in time."


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