WR Turns Heads

While watching highlight video of American Christian quarterback, Chris Smelley, you see why wide receiver, Jeff Ogren is receiving a lot of interest. Ogren has received his first offer, and more are expected.

"Right now, I have only one offer from Tulane," Jeff Ogren said. "There have been a few schools like Wake Forest, Clemson, and Auburn who have told me I am an 'offer recruit.' This means, they liked what they have seen on my highlight tape, but they want to wait to see me in camp this summer."

This past weekend, Ogren went to the Scout.com combine with teammate Chris Smelley in New Orleans. Ogren had a solid combine performance.

"I thought the combine went good," Ogren said. "I thought the combine went very well overall. I did really good in all of my testing. I had a 4.52 forty, a vertical of 33 inches, I ran the shuttle in 4.3. I ran a 7.5 in the L-Cone drill, and I had a 9.6 ft standing broad jump."

Going into the summer, Ogren has three schools at the top of his list. He said, "I would have to say my top three are Clemson, Auburn, and Ole Miss."

Clemson: "I really like Coach Dabo Sweeney. He cares about his players, and he really brings a lot of knowledge to the game. Coach Sweeney is a great guy and I like what he does. The facilities are nice. Clemson is a good educational school."

Ole Miss: "I went over there for a combine a few weeks ago. I fell in love with the indoor facilities. I like the location, but the facilities really gave it away."

Auburn: "Auburn is kind of a 'God city.' I am a Christian, and they really emphasis Jesus at Auburn. Coach Tuberville and Coach Knox both have great character. They are strong believers in Jesus, and that is why I really like them."

Ogren grew up in Tuscaloosa, and says, "Alabama is a great school. I grew up in Tuscaloosa. I had no choice but to pull for the Crimson Tide. I always grew up a big fan of Alabama, but they have not shown as much interest as several other schools have already.

"I don't know how they do things. I don't know if they wait on getting the guys closer to home later or not. I would love it if they would start showing more interest. They have only shown a little bit of interest in Chris (Smelley) and me at this point."

During his junior campaign, Ogren racked up 1,345 yards receiving with 18 touchdowns. The Smelley-Ogren duo are expected to increase their numbers for their senior season.

"We have been talking about going to the same college for a while. We have been playing together for a long time, and we think it would be great. We could start something really good somewhere. It could be to our advantage. It could be awesome if we played together," said Ogren.

Last fall, the Smelley-Ogren duo had a game breaking performance when Smelley completed 16-of-34 passes for 300 yards and four touchdowns. Ogren was on the receiving end of six passes for 130 yards. Ogren also intercepted two passes - one he returned 100 yards for a touchdown - in a 33-20 win over Linden.


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