Bogard Impresses On Big Stage

Cleveland Glenville is known for producing talented football players and Devan Bogard could be one of the next names on that list. In a 26-22 victory at Ohio Stadium, the junior linebacker had an impressive performance that had his head coach dishing out some praise after the final whistle.

After the game, his head coach described him as one of the team's up-and-coming stars. Looking at how Devan Bogard played, it was not hard to see why.

The 6-1, 185-pound junior linebacker recorded a game-high 2½ tackles for loss and finished with six tackles overall in Cleveland Glenville's 26-22 victory against Palm Beach Gardens (Fla.) William T. Dwyer.

Playing as part of the fifth annual Kirk Herbstreit Kickoff Classic, Bogard and his teammates suited up in Ohio State's Ohio Stadium.

"It was our first experience playing on national TV, and we showed up," he told

Bogard said he has been playing football since he was four years old. Now in his third season with the Tarblooders, he is establishing a reputation as one of the team's hardest hitters.

"Bogart is the man," head coach Ted Ginn Sr. said. "He brings the hammer. He's one of our up-and-coming stars. He played a great game."

Last season, Bogard suited up with Christian Bryant, who is now a freshman at OSU. During Monday's game, Bryant gave Bogard a shout-out on his personal Twitter page.

"Christian, he talks to me all the time," Bogard said. "We have a close relationship. I'm going to call him when I get out of here."

Listed at 5-9, 178 pounds, Bryant has impressed his new teammates with his ability to hit. Bogard looks to be cut from that same cloth. Asked to describe himself as a player, Bogard said, "I'm a player who has heart and never gives up."

Since Sept. 1, Bogard said he has been contacted by two schools via Facebook message: California and Northwestern. In addition, he said he has heard that the Buckeyes are also interested in him.

"I was surprised," he said. "I didn't know what to expect. I'm like, ‘What's this?' "

In the meantime, Bogard said he is in no rush to make a decision.

"I just want coaches to recruit me," he said. "I just want to keep showing up and hope they offer me scholarships so I can accept one."

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