Oglesby: "They're A Real Powerhouse"

Josh Oglesby

GARNER, N.C. – Simply put, Josh Oglesby wanted to play tailback. And though North Carolina finally extended him an offer just last week, the Garner Magnet star decided to verbally accept a scholarship offer to play his college football at Virginia Tech, he announced from his school on Saturday.

"This was one of the hardest decisions I've ever made in my life," Oglesby said. "I think I made a choice that will benefit me in more ways than just in football. No matter what I did, I knew I would be able to score touchdowns in Kenan Stadium.

"It's an honor to know that I could play for Carolina, but I chose ‘V-Tech.' They're a real powerhouse. They've been to 13 straight bowl games. I'm looking forward to going up to Blacksburg and playing hard. I'm thinking about graduating (from high school) early, and getting up there and playing some ‘Beamer Ball.'"

The Tar Heels were recruiting Oglesby as an "athlete," and according to his father, Ike, the Hokies never looked at his son as anything but a tailback. For that reason, and the fact that UNC got involved so late, Ike, a former Carolina running back and teammate of UNC coach John Bunting, told Scout.com late Friday evening that Josh would be choosing Virginia Tech.

"The only thing Coach [Frank] Beamer and Coach [Billy] Hite ever talked about was Josh playing tailback," said the elder Oglesby, who is also serves as a Trojans' assistant coach. "They never said anything about him playing safety at all.

"Obviously the very late addition of a Carolina offer really threw a monkey wrench into the whole decision making process. It made it a heck of a lot more agonizing than it was going to be up until that point."

As a junior, Oglesby rushed for 1,032 yards and 13 touchdowns, while adding 231 yards and one touchdown through the air. In limited time on defense, he recorded 45 tackles and three interceptions at the strong safety position.

"Josh is enough of an athlete he can play any position, but it's my opinion that his best position is tailback," Oglesby said. "He's played tailback his entire life. I'm predicting he's going to wind up considered one of the best tailbacks in the state when this is all said and done."

"He's a very dedicated young man," Garner Magnet coach Nelson Smith said. "Josh does a tremendous job running between the tackles. And if you watch Virginia Tech play, they run a lot between the tackles.

"He has a great work ethic. You can't run him out of the weight room. He can go out there anytime and run (the 40-yard dash) in the ‘4.4-range.' He's got great vision. He catches the football great out of the backfield. He's got all the tools."

Oglesby said he made his decision around noon on Friday.

"My dad feels comfortable with it; my coaches feel comfortable with it; and the main thing is, I feel comfortable with it," he said.

However, in an interesting twist, Oglesby later left the door open for possible reconsideration.

"I'll be spending a lot of time in Carter-Finley and I'll be spending a lot of time in Kenan," Oglesby said in a side interview with reporters. "So it's not like it's written in stone right now. I'll be spending a lot of time traveling with my friend Chris Culliver. Anything can happen. Anything can happen."

Andy Britt is a veteran beat writer for Inside Carolina. He can be reached at andy@insidecarolina.com.

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