Tykee Ogle-Kellogg has had one heck of a two-month run.
First, the Alcoa (Tenn.) High School wide receiver carried home a TSSAA Mr. Football Back of the Year award. Four days later, Ogle-Kellogg helped the Tornadoes to a 45-12 win in the Class 3A state championship over Liberty Magnet. On Monday, he received a scholarship offer from the Southeastern Conference’s Tennessee Volunteers, who play their home games 14.9 miles from Bill Bailey Stadium.
“It means the world to me,” Ogle-Kellogg told InsideTennessee. “Being able to play in my backyard in front of all my friends, my family and stuff, that’s a big deal. I’d just love to do something for Tennessee, too.”
The pass catcher from the 2018 class had not yet been home to tell his family after the potentially life-changing phone call he’d just made.
“My basketball coach, he’s good friends with one of the coaches on the (Tennessee) football staff (Caleb Cox),” Ogle-Kellogg said. “He told me to call him after the game. He was like, ‘Call me after you get off the phone with them.’ So I just went ahead and called. I had to see if something was up. I called and they told me.”
The Vols were Ogle-Kellogg's eighth school to offer a scholarship, joining the likes of Louisville and South Carolina.
“Right now, they’re at the top with other schools,” Ogle-Kellogg said. “After I talked with (Tennessee wide receivers) coach (Zach) Azzanni, he just told me how the reason they didn’t offer me sooner was they were just seeing who they were losing and stuff and how I’d fit in and then that now was a good time to offer. So now I’m just going to evaluate everything to see how it goes.”
The Alcoa standout camped at Tennessee last summer and worked out in front of Azzanni.
“He’s a great coach,” Ogle-Kellogg said. “He’s just really cool. I would love to go there just to get to know the coaches better and see how everything plays out.”
The 6-foot-5, 195-pounder finished his junior season with 39 receptions for 808 yards with 12 touchdowns.