Georgia’s Ogletree headed to draft, others wait to decide

semerson@macon.comJanuary 1, 2013 

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.

“I’m leaving this year, this is my last game,” Ogletree said after Georgia’s 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 don’t know where you’re 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 I’ve got a good hold on the situation,” he said.

His final play at Georgia was a sack. Ogletree took down Nebraska’s Taylor Martinez to seal the win.

“It’s 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 he’s a dynamic player. I know he can be a special inside backer, that’s 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 future’s really bright because he’s a young player at that position. I wish him nothing but the best, and know that he’s a guy that can continue to improve and be a pretty dynamic player.”

Ogletree likely isn’t the final Georgia player to turn pro early.

Junior linebacker Jarvis Jones is a likely top-five overall pick. He said Tuesday that he didn’t want to make an announcement yet.

Junior nose tackle Kwame Geathers is also mulling it over.

“I’m still thinking about it. I’m gonna hold up until however long it takes me,” Geathers said. “If it goes to the 15th, it goes to the 15th. If not ... I’m just gonna go talk to my family and my brother and my mom and dad and my coaches, and I’m just gonna make a decision after that.”

Then there’s junior quarterback Aaron Murray, who was asked about it several times after being named the MVP of the bowl game.

“I don’t think this game will have any (impact) one way or the other,” Murray said. “I think I’m 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.”

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