One of the state's most underrated prospects in 2016 might be Riverside cornerback Jeremiah Bogan. Determined to prove he was amongst the state's best he got an invitation to the 2015 EPT Football Skills Showcase and walked out as one of the top defensive backs at the loaded invitation only event. We spoke with Bogan on Monday to talk about his recruitment, EPT experience, and plans moving forward.
"Lately I've been hearing from SC State, Old Dominion, Lehigh, and Furman. SC State is coming by this week to watch me practice. Old Dominion, Furman, and Lehigh all came by the school last week to see me."
So what have those programs been saying to Bogan so far in the recruiting process?
"Old Dominion I spoke to a while back but when they told me they were coming by I really figured out how interested they were. They spoke to my coach about how they were extremely impressed with my performance at the EPT Showcase with some of the top guys in our state. SC State contacted me the night after the Showcase and the next day two different coaches said they'll be here to watch me practice. Hopefully I impress them enough to get an offer. Furman and Lehigh are interested in me as well."
Bogan's showing at the EPT Showcase was impressive as he was named one of the Top 10 defensive backs at the event which was loaded and probably the deepest position as well. He talked about where he feels his current strengths and areas for improvement are right now.
"My ball skills and just being a smart player are my biggest strengths. In my film you can see my ability to jump routes because I watch a ton of film to prepare me for what I'll face. My instincts matched with my ball skills take my game to a level that I believe most defensive backs don't have, who try to just play with their measurables and and not take the time to study the game."
"I'm really working hard on my speed. I have really good quickness but once I increase my speed over the summer I believe I can make myself an elite player and solidify why I believe I'm the best in our state."
He talked about how his work has helped him so far and the outlook for his team.
"I've been working on my speed and just going out to camps against top prospects so I can get that feel for college ready receivers. I haven't been to any other camps since the EPT Showcase. We just started back with spring ball so I'm focusing on my team and making sure we get better. Our head coach Phil Smith is in my opinion the best coach in the state and he's going to make sure we're prepared."
The 2016 prospect talked about the EPT Showcase and his experience put on by Elite Position Training founder Ramon Robinson and his staff.
"It was the best camp I've ever been apart of! Everything was incredibly competitive and that's how I like things. The best part was the one on ones because I got a chance to go toe to toe with the best receivers in the state. I've never been to a camp with more competitive energy than the EPT Showcase."
Turning our attention back to recruiting we asked Bogan which schools he feels are recruiting him the hardest right now?
"Old Dominion, SC State, and I can't forget about Brown. I believe that I can pull in an offer from SC State this week though once they get to actually see me practice. Old Dominion couldn't speak to me when they came because my school was doing testing but my coach says they were really impressed and he didn't have many words to describe how highly the spoke of me. I've wanted an Old Dominion offer more than anything since they reached out to me about 3 or 4 months ago."
Other schools the Riverside prospect says he'd love to hear from in the future are Liberty, Towson, and Charlotte. He says that he feels all three of those schools "are really good and there's no doubt in my mind that I can contribute to those programs."
Last season as a junior Bogan had 52 tackles and 5 interceptions. He led the region in interceptions and was named an All-Region 2-AAAA performer. He also broke down the game he felt was his most outstanding performance of the year.
"The Wade Hampton game. They run the tirple option and I was gonna have to play safety that week so I had to watch a lot of film to prepare. I ended up with two interceptions and 14 or 15 tackles in a game that clinched us a playoff spot so we needed that win. It was important that I showed up for my team that night."
For now check out Bogan's testing measurables in the weight room and find out how to follow us on Twitter below. We'll continue to follow his recruitment as he's starting to heat up with a number of regional schools.
Bogan reports a 3.3 GPA in the classroom and during this interview NC A&T stopped by to see him.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS...JEREMIAH BOGAN
Bench press: 225 pounds
Squat: 345 pounds
Power clean: 215 pounds
Fastest 40 time: 4.6 seconds
Pro shuttle: 4.18 seconds
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