February 15, 2011

Bogard gets his dream offer

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It's a new year but the Ohio State Buckeyes will be attempting to dip back into the Cleveland (Ohio) Glenville talent pool for the 2012 recruiting cycle. The latest player to receive an offer from Ohio State is safety De'van Bogard. The 5-foot-11, 175-pound prospect recently got the word that an offer would be coming and on Tuesday, it was made official.

"It's the offer that I wanted," said Bogard. "It's been a dream for me (to get an Ohio State offer) but I'm still going to look around and just look at the schools one at a time and try to get comfortable with them."

Glenville has an outstanding tradition of producing high level defensive backs and after graduating most of its secondary a year ago, Bogard stepped into a starting role in the fall. Bogard took full advantage of the opportunity, establishing himself as one of the top defensive backs in Ohio and earning a reputation as a big hitter.

"It went good," said Bogard of his junior season. "I would have liked us to do better (as a team) but we battled. It's over now and I'm ready to focus on my senior year. My junior year is over with so I'm just looking to take what I did my junior year and take it to the next level."

Every year Glenville has that senior that always steps up and takes over the leadership role for the team. Bogard is hoping to be that guy for the Tarblooders in 2011.

"It feels great for me because I'm ready to do it, I'm ready to be a leader," he said.

Bogard is also hoping to carry the torch as the next outstanding defensive back from Glenville, following in the footsteps of players like Donte Whitner, Jermale Hines and Christian Bryant.

"I just want to be the best and do even better than those guys," he said. "I'm just glad that I can be the next guy in line."

Bogard's first, and only other offer to this point, came from USC a few weeks ago and the talented safety is also reporting heavy interest from Michigan. Bogard is also planning to attend a junior day at Ohio State at the end of the month.


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