Q & A with Kevin Ogletree

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Two days after his verbal commitment to UVa, I finally caught up with Holy Cross (St. Albans, NY) wide receiver prospect Kevin Ogletree . Ogletree, who was the 15th commitment for the 2005 class, is an excellent athlete who combines speed and quickness. He is being recruited strictly as a wide receiver.

Q & A

What were the reasons you chose UVa?

“It was a couple of things really. I felt at home there. The coaches were great. I felt like we really have a great relationship. It’s the place I feel I should be for the next four years.”

Was Mark D’Onofrio, your recruiting coach, a big factor in your decision?

“Coach D’Onofrio was a part of my decision. He built a relationship with me and my family. He wrote letters all the time.”

Talk about your first and only visit to UVa.

“The campus is nice, the people are nice, the facilities are nice. The McCue Center was great. Everything was nice. It was an amazing experience. You can tell it was one of the better campuses out there because everything was run so well.”

What specifically did the UVa coaches say they liked about your ability?

“They were stressing the fact that I was the type of guy they were looking for [at wide receiver]. They wanted a rangy wide receiver who could be a spark plug for their offense. They wanted a playmaker.”

What would you say your strengths are as a wide receiver?

“I have a combination of strengths. I feel I have good hands, speed, and the ability to jump. I’ve played basketball all my life, and I think that makes a big difference athletically. I can run by defenders. I can get off the line quickly, and I can get out of my breaks good.”

What are your thoughts on the recruiting class UVa has put together so far?

“We’re building a National Championship team. UVa is a program on the rise. People realize that.”

Do you know what your Major will be?

“I’m not quite sure [what my Major will be]. I know they have a good guidance department and good academic support that will help me figure out what I want to do. Whatever degree I get from there, I know it will be good to me.”