Buckeye-Bound Bogard Ready To Battle

Ohio State verbal commit Devan Bogard is now getting prepared for his upcoming senior season at Cleveland Glenville Academy. We caught up with Bogard Monday afternoon to get his goals for the upcoming season and some thoughts about looking forward to Ohio State.

Monday was the first day of practice for the Cleveland Glenville Tarblooders. Even though Glenville lost some important players to graduation, they still have high expectations.

One of the big reasons for those lofty expectations is the senior leadership and defensive play making ability of four-star prospect Devan Bogard.

"We are taking it one day at a time," Bogard said. "We have two-a -days now and we put the pads on Saturday which will be the first day of contact."

"I will be playing strong safety and quarterback this season," he added. "I want to continue to improve on my cover skills since safeties cover a lot. Ohio State told me I have the run down hill part down, because I'm a great tackler in the open field. They recruited me to play both the strong safety and star positions. If they let me, I'll play cornerback, anything I can do to get on the field."

Bogard, 6-foot-1, 190-pounds, also stated that he is doing his part to help recruit other players to Ohio State, and stressed that he is a solid commit, but could possibly take visits in the fall.

"We are trying to get as many kids as we can because players like Kyle Kalis decommitted and went to Michigan, which I don't know why personally, but that's cool," he stressed. "I'm solid to Ohio State, but I might take visits after this season. Nothing planned right now, but I'll get with my Coach, Ted Ginn, most likely after the season and we'll sit down and probably make out a visit schedule."

However, at this time, Bogard is focused on trying to win that first state title that has eluded Glenville. When discussing the team's goals this season, he stated, "Be the most disciplined team because we have the talent and we're just trying to win a state title by taking it one game at a time."

Glenville has a high profile scrimmage coming up next week against the perennial power Mentor. This should help the team in preparation for their season opener against Lakewood St. Edward. Bogard said, "this whole month is St. Ed's month, that's what we are focusing on right now."

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