Next In Line: WR Jeff Ogren

CLEMSON - For those who have seen Clemson's Jeff Ogren play football then you know what he's all about. For those who have not seen the 6-foot-3 receiver play, then you're in for a treat the next four years.

WR Jeff Ogren Profile

The freshman marveled the Tiger coaching staff during his recruitment to Tigertown last January and since has shown steady improvement and upside while being redshirted this past fall.

"I really think he is going to be a good player," Clemson wide receivers coach Dabo Swinney said. "I think he is a guy that will develop over a four-year career."

Ogren's high school statistics prove he has a chance to be pretty special. The Tuscaloosa, Ala., native was a First-Team All-State selection as a junior and as a senior at American Christian Academy – though amazingly he never played football before his junior season.

"His weakness is pretty simple, he doesn't have a good football foundation," Swinney said. "He is very raw. He's a raw kid, but he is talented and has had a tone of success in the time he has been playing. But because he played at a very small private school, he is still adjusting to the speed of the game."

Ogren had 71 catches his senior year at American Christian for 1,500 yards and 17 touchdowns. That followed a junior campaign in which he caught 62 passes for 1,325 yards and 18 scores. He enrolled at Clemson last January where and went through spring practice. He even hauled in a long pass from Will Proctor during the Spring Game last April.

"He has excellent hands," Swinney said.

During the year, Ogren, who was rated as the 76th best wideout by in 2005, worked out with the scout team while being redshirted. During the year, he was recorded with the second best time in shuttle drills behind All-ACC wideout Chansi Stuckey.

"That tells you the kind of explosion he has as an athlete," Swinney said. "But he has a lot of work to do in order to be where he needs to be in order to help us."

Ogren will enter the spring battling for the fifth or sixth spot on the depth chart, but Swinney says he could get in the mix with the Tigers top four receivers – Aaron Kelly, Tyler Grisham, Rendrick Taylor and Jacoby Ford – with a good spring.

"I know we live in this microwave society where everybody wants to see Randy Moss the moment they step on the field, but Jeff is going to be a guy that will be a factor for us this year and four years from now if he continues to develop," Swinney said.

One thing Ogren has going for him – his size.

"His size is his strength," Swinney said. "He is a big kid at 6-3, almost 205 pounds. He is strong, very, very strong.

"I hope working on the scout team this past fall has really helped him, but I guess we will see. How much knowledge of the system does he know, and has he adjusted to the real fast pace and that kind of stuff, I guess we will see. He has come a long way in one year of time, and I'm excited about him come this spring."

CUTigers outlook: Ogren is the type of receiver that is fast and shifty enough to work as a slot receiver and strong and big enough to create separation on the outside in one-on-one battles with a corner or safety. He has great jumping ability to go along with his 6-foot-3 size. Look to see him challenge La'Donte Harris for the fifth wide receiver spot this spring, along with true freshman Xavier Dye. It is unlikely at this time Ogren will move to the secondary, but keep in mind he did have 10 career interceptions in high school and holds the state record for the longest interception return with a 102-yard return for a score as a senior. Top Stories