Sleeper Football Prospect Looks To Make More Noise

This little-known football prospect could be a name to remember late in the recruiting process.

Forsyth, Ga.--It happens every summer. A player shows up out of nowhere at a summer football camp and wows everyone with his combination of size and speed.

One of this year's versions of that player could be defensive back/running back Darryl Ogletree from Mary Persons High School. A 6-2 1/2, 202-pound speedster, Ogletree came to Auburn three weeks ago for the Nike Football Training Camp and impressed onlookers with his workout.

Running a 4.5 40-yard dash in addition to showing good footwork in the cone drills and shuttle run, Ogletree was one of the top performers out of almost 500 prospects on the Plains. With players like Eric McLendon, Alex Mortensen and B.J. Stabler getting a lot of the attention before the combine, Ogletree tells Inside The Auburn Tigers the experience was a good one for him heading into the summer.

"It felt like I was one of the best," Ogletree says. "It made me feel like I can run with them. It gives me a lot of confidence heading into the summer."

Just a starter for one season at Mary Persons, Ogletree has been playing football for his entire life and says that he's looking forward to his senior season. Finishing last year 8-4, he believes his team will have a great chance to improve on that this coming fall.

A track star in addition to his duties on the football field, Ogletree has personal best times of 10.6 in the 100 meters and 21.7 in the 200 meters. When you throw in a 300-pound bench press and a 460-pound squat, you have the makings out an outstanding physical specimen on the high school level. Those numbers have several colleges already making a run to land Ogletree for next February's national signing day..

"I'm hearing from Middle Tennessee and Louisville right now," he notes. "I'm also interested in Auburn, Georgia and several other schools."

Having already gone to camp at Middle Tennessee State with Georgia coming later this summer, Ogletree says that he has a few things to work on before the season begins in late August.

"My strength is studying my opponents and learning their moves," Ogletree notes. "I just need to work on my reaction to the ball and my quickness. I also want to be able to stay on the field at all times and not take a break."


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