Oglesby to be a Hokie Soon

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This will be the final week of high school for Josh Oglesby, who plans to be a Virginia Tech student athlete next month. Despite rumors that he may give UNC, his childhood favorite, a closer look, the 5-11, 205-pound Garner (N.C.) running back appears content with his decision and looks forward to being a Hokie.

“It was nice to hear from UNC-Chapel Hill since they were my previous favorite team, but I’ve been working with Virginia Tech for a while. And, for me to switch, I’d be sitting out a semester and it would be a waste,” said Oglesby, who has been receiving increased interest lately from UNC and new head coach Butch Davis.

“I am 100-percent done. I would say it’s completely over with. To switch now would be a waste. And Virginia Tech is a school I’m happy with.”

Oglesby talked about his commitment to Virginia Tech and why he chose the Hokies over his previous childhood favorite.

“Virginia Tech’s coaching staff definitely made that a lot easier,” said Oglesby. “I wanted to go to a place where I know the coaching staff would be there. Chapel Hill wasn’t stable. Looking at the success of previous players, Virginia Tech looked like the better school to go with. Overall, it seemed like a better fit for me. It was out of state, so it was different. I never thought I’d be going with another school, but to find a school that fit better than UNC-Chapel Hill was pretty neat. I seized the opportunity.”

Oglesby says he has taken care of all the necessary paperwork to enroll at Virginia Tech. Next up is registering for classes, something he says he may do this week, as early as today.

“My last day of high school is Thursday,” Oglesby said. “High school went by fast. It was the best time of my life. I made a lot of memories, but I’m looking forward to making some new ones in college.”

The talented tailback turned in a very good senior season. Despite playing with a high ankle sprain for much of the season, Oglesby rushed for 1,154 yards on 184 carries and scored 22 total touchdowns on the year. He helped his team, which finished 14-2 on the year, to an appearance in the state semifinals. He also earned a spot on the North Carolina squad in the NC/SC Shrine Bowl.

“It was a special nomination,” Oglesby said of the Shrine Bowl honor. The North Carolina team won 23-16 this past Saturday. Oglesby, who played more safety than tailback in that game, was in on several tackles. “It felt good to be picked out of so many players. I had a good time.