ORLANDO, Fla. -- Alec Ogletree decided not to wait. The junior linebacker announced immediately after the Capital One Bowl that he was going pro, forgoing his final year of eligibility with the Georgia football team.
Im leaving this year, this is my last game, Ogletree said after Georgias 45-31 win over Nebraska. It was a great run while I was here, just want to take a chance on this opportunity to go to the NFL and pursue my dreams.
Ogletree is projected by many analysts to be a first-round pick. He said he applied to the NFL draft advisory committee, but he had not heard back yet.
You dont know where youre gonna get drafted at, but I just felt it was the right opportunity for me to go, and just based on my parents and coaches and stuff like that, I feel like Ive got a good hold on the situation, he said.
His final play at Georgia was a sack. Ogletree took down Nebraskas Taylor Martinez to seal the win.
Its great, Ogletree said. I was real joyous. Coach called up a blitz for me, and I just took advantage of it and made the sack.
Defensive coordinator Todd Grantham said he had already spoken to Ogletree.
I know hes a dynamic player. I know he can be a special inside backer, thats why we moved him there, said Grantham, who spent 11 years as a defensive assistant in the NFL prior to coming to Georgia in 2010. I think his futures really bright because hes a young player at that position. I wish him nothing but the best, and know that hes a guy that can continue to improve and be a pretty dynamic player.
Ogletree likely isnt the final Georgia player to turn pro early.
Junior linebacker Jarvis Jones is a likely top-five overall pick. He said Tuesday that he didnt want to make an announcement yet.
Junior nose tackle Kwame Geathers is also mulling it over.
Im still thinking about it. Im gonna hold up until however long it takes me, Geathers said. If it goes to the 15th, it goes to the 15th. If not ... Im just gonna go talk to my family and my brother and my mom and dad and my coaches, and Im just gonna make a decision after that.
Then theres junior quarterback Aaron Murray, who was asked about it several times after being named the MVP of the bowl game.
I dont think this game will have any (impact) one way or the other, Murray said. I think Im going to sit down with my parents in the next few days and still have to draw up the pros and cons and go from there.