Childhood Favorite Finally Offers Oglesby

Josh Oglesby has been waiting for an Iowa scholarship offer since he can remember. It came on Saturday. But, was the move too little, too late for the Hawkeyes? Or, will the boyhood dream win out? HawkeyeInsider.com caught up with the 2011 guard from Cedar Rapids to get his reaction and find out what the development means for his future. Find out what he said in this update.

Josh Oglesby has let it be known that he grew up an Iowa fan. He cheered for Reggie Evans and Luke Recker. He bled black and gold.

A life-long dream turned reality on Saturday afternoon when the Hawkeyes offered a scholarship to the Class of 2011 guard from Cedar Rapids Washington High. However, Oglesby cautioned Iowa fans and others to not assume his recruitment had ended.

"I grew up dreaming of playing at Iowa, so to get an offer still feels pretty good," the 6-foot-5, 180-pound shooting guard said. "But things have changed during the recruiting process. I've gotten to know schools like Minnesota and Illinois pretty well.

"The other schools have called me and asked if I'm going to jump on the Iowa offer right away. I think some people are assuming that, but it would be wrong. I'm still going to take my five officials and probably won't make a decision until the end of September."

New Iowa Coach Fran McCaffery and members of his staff were in Las Vegas watching Oglesby on Saturday at the big AAU tournament there. McCaffery called Iowa Barnstormers Coach Jamie Johnson to ask if his player could call him.

"(McCaffery) told me he was going to offer and not worry about them offering so late," Oglesby said of the conversation. "He said with losing (Brennan) Cougill and (Aaron) Fuller, they needed help at forward. That's why they offered (Jarrod) Uthoff and (Paul) Jesperson before me.

"He told me that I had a good chance at seeing minutes my freshman year if I went there. That‘s about it."

Uthoff, from Cedar Rapids Jefferson High, and Jesperson, from Wisconsin, verbally committed to Wisconsin and Virginia, respectively, this week. Iowa has yet to gain a commitment for 2011.

"I'm probably not going to take an official visit to Iowa since it's 30 minutes away (from home) and I've been there before," Oglesby said. "I'm going to take officials to Illinois, Northwestern, Minnesota, Boston College and Arizona State."

All of those schools have offered Oglesby a scholarship. He was undecided if Iowa offering earlier would have put the Hawkeyes in better position for his services.

"I'm not sure because I don't think I would have committed earlier (before the July evaluation period)," Oglesby said. "But a week ago I was thinking about it and I had pretty much decided that (Iowa) wasn't going to offer after they had seen me in Milwaukee and Chicago and I didn't receive anything. I had it in my mind that I was out of the picture.

"I'm going to sit down with my high school coach (Brad Metzger) when I get back on Monday and we'll work on setting up the officials. I'm just going to continue working on my game."


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