Ogletrees, others sign letters of intent; UGA, Georgia Tech signee lists


Alec (left) and Zander Ogletree of Newnan High have a little fun prior to signing their National Letters of Intent today to play college football at the University of Georgia.

By CHRIS GOLTERMANN cgoltermann@newnan.com Now it's official. Twin brothers Alec and Zander Ogletree signed National Letters of Intent to play football for the University of Georgia on Wednesday as part of high school's National Signing Day.
Seniors from all three of the county's public high schools were among those signing scholarship offers -- not just in football, but in baseball and soccer as well. None might have brought a bigger spotlight on Coweta County than the signings of the Ogletree brothers, who, while helping lead Newnan High School's football team to consecutive state semifinals, earned interest from several major Division I programs. But their signings came as no surprise to the Newnan High seniors, who each made separate verbal commitments not long after receiving offers from Georgia head coach Mark Richt. Alec, a 6-foot-3, 210-pound Parade All-American safety for the Cougars, made his commitment in July before helping lead this year's team on a return trip to the Class AAAAA state semifinals. Despite getting offers from major colleges throughout the nation, including Miami, his favorite school while growing up, and Notre Dame, the hard-hitting safety never wavered. "I'm excited about it," said Alec, who was just as happy to put the tribulations that come with college recruiting behind him. "It's a relief. It takes a lot off my back." Zander, at 5-11, 200 pounds, got a call from Richt the morning after Newnan's loss in December to Northside-Warner Robins in the state semifinals and instantly committed. "It's something I've always wanted," said Zander. "Anytime you can play at the same school as your brother, it's special." Parents Al and Alysson Ogletree were proud that their sons honored their commitments. "We tried to tell them both not to give them your word if you don't intend to honor your word," said Al Ogletree, who gave the nickname "Double Trouble" to his boys. "I'm blessed," added Alysson. "They're both really good boys." The brothers were among six Newnan High football players to sign letters of intent Wednesday morning at the school. Senior All-County cornerback Jamal Ransby signed with Georgia State's first-year program led by former Alabama head coach Bill Curry. Others signing from Newnan were cornerback Cantrell Dix with Arkansas-Pine Bluff, defensive lineman Chris Teague with Valdosta State, and offensive lineman Dillon Youngblood with LaGrange College. Newnan High baseball senior Taylor Pica signed Wednesday with Columbus State. Northgate's signings included football seniors Malcolm Poindexter (Savannah State) and Toby Slagle (Carson-Newman). East Coweta had three All-County girls soccer players sign, including Heather Wright and Amber Pierce with Georgia State. Lady Indians teammate Andye Dawson joined the pair on Wednesday, signing with Armstrong Atlantic.

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