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Joshua Oglesby's unofficial visit to BYU re-affirmed to him that committing to BYU was the right decision

Katy High School (TX) star running back Joshua Oglesby recently committed to BYU and had a strong desire to visit Provo, Utah to take a look around. By the time he left BYU, Oglesby was more committed to Kalani Sitake and BYU’s football program than ever before.

The Oglesby family flew into Salt Lake City on Tuesday then drove down to Provo on Wednesday for a tour of BYU’s campus and facilities. The unofficial visit to BYU, the school Joshua Oglesby committed to recently, only served to strengthen that commitment.

“Yes it did and it was great!” Oglesby said. “It was everything I expected and more. The campus was beautiful to see and I felt absolutely comfortable being there. Everyone was great and I absolutely loved it. It was clean, calm, and just a very nice place to be. It was nice and peaceful and had a different feeling there.”

While attending BYU, Oglesby ‘s major will be in the field of business, which BYU is very well known for. He was able to tour the business school and learned about how it could benefit him.

“It was great and I took a tour around the whole school, see the business department, and check out the facilities,” Oglesby said. “Before I didn’t realize how big my scholarship was when I committed, but after visiting the campus I learned just how big it really is. The business department is outstanding and they take you in as family like the football program does. They said, ‘Once you’re in here you’re part of the family, and you’ll be a part of it forever.’”

Aside from talking with business faculty, Oglesby met up with a few BYU football players as well to get their thoughts on Kalani Sitake’s program.

“I had a chance to speak with a few of the players there,” he said. “I talked with Trey Dye and K.J. Hall and they were great. I spoke to a couple of other players too. The players were great and they talked to me about how great it was being there and the experiences they’ve had. They talked about the opportunities I’ll have, and what it will do for me after football and after BYU. They said this isn’t a decision for four years but a decision for the next 50 years of my life. That was great and just said the school was great.

“I also met two receivers, quarterback Tanner Mangum, and talked to a couple O-linemen. Tanner was great and he seemed like a cool dude. He said he loved it at BYU and that it was a great place to be.”

While on-campus, one goal Oglesby had was to see all the football facilities afforded to the players. He got a firsthand look at the locker room, stadium and much more.

“I toured everything,” Oglesby said with a chuckle. “I toured the locker room, the stadium, the practice facilities and player’s room. It was amazing and I can’t wait to get out there. The stadium was beautiful and it’s a lot bigger than what it looks like on the internet. I can’t wait to play there. The indoor practice facility was amazing. I’ve never seen anything like that before. It was massive and beautiful. They were telling me it was better than any other P5 school out there.”

But this trip wasn’t just about seeing things. It was also about meeting the coaches that would be mentoring him while developing his abilities as a player.

“It was great and I met Coach Cahoon, the receiver’s coach, and the O-line coach (Mike Empey),” Oglesby said. “They were great and really friendly and really took me in. It was like I was playing there already and on the team. That’s kind of how they treated me and were very welcoming. I had met Coach Detmer at the Fanfest, but I sat down and talked with Coach Detmer and Coach Mahe. They’re both great dudes and I love those guys. It was kind of unreal to sit down and speak with a Heisman Trophy winner and a coach like Coach Mahe who played with the Philadelphia Eagles for many years. I love that dude. He’s a great guy.”

Oglesby gushed when he answered what made BYU special.

“In my opinion what makes BYU special is the family atmosphere, the tradition, the brotherhood, and the academics they have there,” Oglesby said. “It’s not all just about playing football and going crazy. It’s more than that. It’s also about having good, clean fun and doing what you love. That’s what I love about BYU.”

As Oglesby and his family drove back up I-15 to Salt Lake City, he reflected upon his unofficial visit to BYU. His experience was very rewarding and stirred excitement within his heart knowing what his future holds.  Overall his visit to BYU was simply perfect.

“My visit to BYU was a 10,” said an excited Oglesby. “That’s how much I liked it. I can’t wait to get back out there.”


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