Tennessee’s pursuit of Tykee Ogle-Kellogg is starting to take off.
Within weeks of receiving a scholarship offer from the Vols on Jan. 30, the skilled wide receiver took part in a junior day on Feb. 18.
“I just loved how the coaches were interactive and how they were talking more about the team and how they were talking more as how for you to grow as a person,” Ogle-Kellogg said.
“I liked seeing the hype videos. It just…I don’t know, it hit me with a feeling.”
The time the Alcoa (Tenn.) High School standout spent on Tennessee’s campus and with Butch Jones’ staff left an impression that nearly equaled a verbal commitment.
“Yeah, (Jalynn Sykes) was thinking about committing and then he tried to get me to commit with him,” Ogle-Kellogg said. “I was like, ‘Just hold off for a little bit longer and then just see where my heart leads.’ So I’m just waiting.”
Tennessee has work to do as Kevin Beard replaces Zach Azzanni as wide receivers coach and the pass catcher must develop that relationship with Beard, but Big Orange Country has traits that Ogle-Kellogg undoubtedly finds attractive.
“Them being able to push people and as you see, all these NFL players from here. So that’s what I like to see,” said the Alcoa native, who listed Tennessee as his top school.
“Something (on Feb. 18) pushed them. I’m just waiting to see if I get anymore offers and then I’m going to go on more visits to see if my heart changes. But, as of right now, UT’s it.
“Hometown school. Close to my family. It’s just all my friends telling me to go here. It’s been growing on me really.”
When a declaration may arrive is to be determined.
“I’m going to tell everybody when and I’m going to keep my list short and we’ll see after,” Ogle-Kellogg said.
Other programs that figure to host the 2016 TSSAA Division I Class 3A Mr. Football Back of the Year include Louisville, Mississippi, Missouri and Texas-San Antonio.
“I love how coaches just keep interactive with me and that’s what keeps me motivated with them,” he said.
The state champion plans to improve his consistency and route running between now and when his senior season kicks off this August. Ogle-Kellogg made the trip over to Murfreesboro last summer for the satellite camp the Michigan Wolverines hosted at Oakland High School. Don’t be surprised if he doesn’t test his skills versus stout competition at various events this spring and summer, however, he won’t be motivated because of scouting services.
“I don’t really care about stars. If they grow then they grow,” the 6-foot-5, 195-pounder said.