Tech recruit Josh Oglesby has been playing tailback for Garner High School (N.C.) this season, a good move for him considering that is the position he is being recruited to play for the Hokies. The 5-11, 205-pound recruit, a fullback last season in Garner’s power-I offense, has helped his squad to a 5-1 record in 2006.
“The season is going good,” Oglesby noted. “Everything is going as expected except for that one loss. We just started conference play and we’re looking to make a run for conference champions again. We have a lot of prospects in our conference this year, so it’s a lot tougher than it was last year. We still have a lot of athletes, but we don’t have as many as we did last year. We’re more of a young team this year, so I’m just trying to be a leader.”
Garner’s only loss was the only game Olgesby has missed. The standout running back suffered a high ankle sprain and was out for Garner’s 14-9 loss to Riverside. He has been productive this season with a 66-carry, 604-yard performance so far. He has scored 12 touchdowns on the year.
“Each week, each team is stacking the box,” Oglesby said. “I get the ball about 15 times a game. I take quite a beating, but it’s part of the game and I’m feeling pretty good.”
Moving to tailback has been an important experience in terms of preparing for his freshman season at Virginia Tech.
“In our offense, the tailback runs mostly sweeps,” Oglesby said. “My strength is running in between the tackles. This year, I’m starting to learn how to run the sweep but our coach has put some specific plays for me to run in between the tackles since that is my strength. Running outside and learning to use my speed and power around the corner has been different, but I think I’m learning it pretty good. This year, I’m learning how to read my end on the sweeps, to follow my fullback and learning when to cut out so it’s been a valuable year of learning playing tailback.”
Oglesby plans to arrive at Virginia Tech in January of 2007. He made the decision to enroll early when he decided to commit to the Hokies, saying “I took care of business my first three years, so I figured I might as well seize the opportunity and get a leg up on the other freshmen...
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