Oglesby Excited About Iowa Official

Class of 2011 prospect Josh Oglesby will take his much-anticipated official visit to Iowa City this weekend. The Cedar Rapids native has the Hawkeyes in his Final Four. So, what are the chances he'll pull the trigger this weekend? Find out in this Hawkeye Insider recruiting update.

Josh Oglesby was working hard on Wednesday night. The Class of 2011 recruit put down the basketball and picked up the books.

"It's going to be a jam packed study night," the combo guard from Cedar Rapids Washington said. "I usually have my tests on Friday morning. I'll have to take them (Thursday) this week."

Oglesby will be busy on Friday as he heads out early to Iowa City for his official visit with the Hawkeyes. The 6-foot-5, 180-pounder is excited about visiting his childhood favorite.

"I'm looking forward to meeting the players and getting a chance to hang out with them as well as the assistants and Coach (Fran) McCaffery," Oglesby said. "Getting to be down there for the Iowa-Iowa State football rivalry game isn't too bad, either."

Iowa is first on Oglesby's list of four official visits. He's scheduled to be at Minnesota next weekend, Arizona State on the 24th and Illinois for Oct. 1. Those schools are his four finalists.

"I'm sticking with that plan," Oglesby said. "I don't plan on committing on any of these visits. Some of the schools have been pressuring me to commit, but I'm telling the coaches that I want to let the process play out. If I lose a scholarship offer because of it, that's life. I'm not going to pick before I‘m ready."

Oglesby picked up more offers since trimming his list to four colleges. Kansas and schools from the ACC Conference have been sending him a lot of letters asking to get involved in his recruitment, he said.

"I don't think some of the schools even know I narrowed my list," Oglesby said. "I think some schools were confused that I had originally narrowed my list and then added Iowa back in when they offered. But that's because they're down the street and Coach McCaffery wanted to see me play this summer. Coach (Todd) Lickliter didn‘t recruit me, so they needed some time."

Oglesby visited Iowa last weekend. He didn't want to call it an "unofficial" visit, but he participated in many of the things one would do on a trip like that.

"I hung out with Cully Payne and Jarryd Cole some," Oglesby said. "They and the other (Iowa) players were spending most of their time with the guys on their officials (Aaron White and David Kravish). I was with two friends and we got to go down on the field."

Hawkeye fans recognized Oglesby.

"I went to Shirts and Skins (Iowa intra-squad basketball scrimmage) and a few fans yelled at me to come to Iowa," he said. "When we went down on the (football) field before the game, the student section started chanting, "Oglesby to Iowa. Oglesby to Iowa." That was pretty cool."

Oglesby has unofficially visited Iowa nearly a half dozen times. He has a good feel for the campus.

"The big difference with the official will be getting everything paid for," Oglesby said. "I also think I'll get a chance to get closer to the team and the coaches. I think it will be a more in-depth experience with Coach McCaffery."


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