Two Commits and Counting

Over the last eight days BYU added four new commitments, replicating the success it enjoyed in early May and late June of last year when the Cougars received three commits over 10 days and four more in a two-day period. The latest BYU verbal comes from a Texan linebacker.

The decision was a no-brainer for the long-time BYU fan whose parents attended the school. Brandon Ogletree went on his trip hopeful that a scholarship would be offered, and when it was, the All-State Texas linebacker did not have to think long before accepting.

"BYU is always the school I've wanted to play for and attend," said Ogletree. "When I got offered by Coach Mendenhall on my trip it was really sort of a dream come true for me. Playing for BYU is something I've wanted for a long time now."

Ogletree was hosted by McKay Jacobsen, a fellow Texan and current BYU student. Jacobsen graduated early and is now prepping for spring ball.

"Everyone who plays football in Texas knows McKay," said Ogletree. "I didn't know him personally until I took my trip, but I knew who he was. He's a great guy and an amazing athlete."

Jacobsen served as Ogletree's host with the primary responsibility of showing him around campus, however the roles were quickly reversed.

"McKay had only been there for a week or so, so it was sort of me showing him around," laughed Ogletree. "I've visited BYU some with my family, and I know the campus pretty well."

Ogletree is a 6-foot, 215-lbs. linebacker who ran a 4.61 forty at the North Texas NIKE camp while doing 14 reps of the 225-pound bar. He is a three-year starter for his high school team and garnered first-team all-state honors in Texas a year ago while being named honorable-mention all-state in 2005 when he recorded 165 tackles. Ogletree was named as his region's defensive player of the year.

SMU, Rice, Air Force, Texas Tech and Navy, among other schools, recruited Ogletree. He had an offer and a trip set up to the Air Force Academy next weekend, but opted out after committing to BYU.

Ogletree turns 19 this October and will leave for a mission before enrolling. He will then have five years of eligibility when he returns from the mission field. Ogletree is confident that when he gets back, Head Coach Bronco Mendenhall will have BYU well on their way to success.

"[Mendenhall's] a great guy, very serious and straight-forward and very inspiring," said Ogletree. "I have all the confidence in him in the world that he'll be successful and that his teams will be successful. I think we're already seeing that. We're just going to keep getting better."


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