Josh Oglesby Breaks Down His Final Four

On Tuesday, 2011 guard Josh Oglesby cut his list to four. Hawkeye Insider's Rob Howe caught up with the Cedar Rapids Washington High guard to have him break down the schools and find out when he'd be making official visits. Oglesby also set a commitment date.

It's amazing how much a few months can mean in the recruiting process. A player can excel for three years of high school and AAU ball, but it all can come down to the summer after his junior campaign.

Cedar Rapids, Iowa guard Josh Oglesby held an Arizona State offer and hope for more scholarship opportunities back in April. He's since ascended to a catbird's seat.

The Washington High product narrowed his list of potential schools to four on Tuesday. He's set official visits for Iowa, Minnesota, Illinois and Arizona State. He said all of the schools are even in pursuit of him.

He previously worried about other prospects snatching up his scholarship. Those days have gone away.

"Schools used to tell me that I could miss out," Oglesby said. "I talked with (Iowa Coach Fran) McCaughey (Tuesday). He said that even if they don't have a scholarship left for 2011, they'll use a 2012 on me. Minnesota said the same thing. Illinois has two left (in ‘11) and have said something similar."

Oglesby plans on making his choice official on Sept. 21 in the Washington gym.

"Something could change, but I think that's when it will happen," he said. "My coach (Brad Metzger) bringing in the Little Warriors kids (youth teams)."

Oglesby will kick off his visits with an unofficial to Minnesota on August 23. He'll take an official to Minneapolis on Sept. 17th and 18th when the Golden Gophers football team takes on USC.

Oglesby on Minnesota: Another school with a coaching staff that's incredible. Coach (Tubby) Smith has called me a lot and left messages for me to call him. We've built a good relationship. He's done a great job turning around Minnesota and done great things in his career. Coach (Ron) Jirsa is recruiting me the most.

My Minnesota visit was just incredible. I love Minneapolis. There's so much to do. You can go see the Twins, the Wolves, the Vikings. It's a nice campus. It's a great school, in general.

Oglesby will embark on his first official visit to Arizona State on August 27th and 28th.

Oglesby on the Sun Devils: Their coaches call me all of the time. They've been to every single one of my AAU games. They've been recruiting me the longest of all of the schools. I think the PAC-10 would be a fun conference to play in.

Oglesby will spend Labor Day weekend at Illinois on an official visit.

Oglesby on the Illini: I went there for the team camp with my high school team and I thought I played pretty well. They thought so, too, because they offered pretty quickly. I got a chance to walk around the campus and see the football stadium and basketball arena. It was real cool and it's also a good academic school. Their basketball team has had a lot of success being to the Final Four and to the NCAA tournament every year. I think it's a good fit.

Iowa hosts Oglesby on Sept. 11 for an official visit. The Hawkeyes will be taking on rival Iowa State in football.

Oglesby on Iowa: I've been a Hawkeye fan my whole life. Staying close to home would be nice. My friends and family could come see me. That would be great. They did offer late, but I grew up a Hawkeye fan. It would be fun trying to help Iowa turn the program around. They have great coaches and great players coming in. They're going to get it turned around in the next couple of years.

I've talked to coach McCaffery several times and he's said they want me bad. He told me a while ago that he wanted to watch me in July, so I respect that he told me up front what he wanted before offering. With (Brennan) Cougill leaving, their first priority was center and forward with so many guards on the roster. He just told me that even know that was the case, he couldn't hold back any more from offering. He liked me too much.


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