2007 Intro: Josh Oglesby

Garner (N.C.) Senior High School junior prospect Josh Oglesby would like nothing more than to play the running back position once he makes the jump to the collegiate level. That's not much of a surprise with anyone familiar with the Oglesby family, as his father Ike ('72) ranks No. 13 in the UNC history books with 1,773 total rushing yards.

Garner head football coach Nelson Smith, however, believes Oglesby may be better suited for another position in college.

"I would say strong safety," Smith said. "He's a very compact kid. But we're going to try him at tailback next year. He can go either way. Right now, if I had to make one choice, I'd probably say strong safety."

The 5-foot-11, 195-pound junior primarily played fullback for the Trojans last fall, while being used sparingly at strong safety. Oglesby helped lead Garner to a 12-1 (6-0) mark and the Greater Neuse River Conference Championship.

"To be honest, I figure I can be good on either side of the ball, but I would like to play running back," Oglesby said. "But I also know that I've got good ability for defense, so if I've got play defense, then I'll do it."

Smith liked his powerful runner at fullback due to his ability to run well between the tackles. That's just one of several qualities that stands out about Oglesby.

"He's a very strong kid – strong upper body and strong lower body," Smith said. "He's got good speed. He runs a 4.45 forty. He's also sound academically."

Oglesby's size and speed has already attracted plenty of attention across the country. He said he has received letters from UNC, Wake Forest, Northwestern, Ohio State, East Carolina and Harvard.

When asked about any current favorites, Oglesby responded: "(UNC) Chapel Hill, and then Wake Forest is a close second."

Smith indicated that his student-athlete will attend the Shrine Bowl and Nike combines this spring, as well as the Scout.com combine being held at Duke University in late March. Oglesby already has a few ideas on which college camps he will attend this summer.

"I plan on attending the North Carolina camp again, and I figured on going up to Virginia, as well as Clemson and South Carolina," Oglesby said.

Last season, Oglesby rushed for 1,032 yards and 13 touchdowns, while adding 231 yards and one touchdown through the air. In limited time on defense, he recorded 45 tackles and three interceptions at the strong safety position.

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