January 7, 2011

Bogard still favors the Buckeyes

Like most juniors around the country, Devan Bogard dreams of playing Division I college football. The 6-foot, 180-pound defensive back prospect from Glenville High School in Cleveland, Ohio hoped to improve his chances of realizing that dream with a strong performance in this week's US Army All-American Junior Combine in San Antonio, Texas.

But, something came up and Bogard had to cancel that trip and now will rely on local combines and his play on the field in 2011 to help him draw even more interest from college coaches and eventually a scholarship offer.

Last season at Glenville, Bogard recorded over 50 tackles and forced four fumbles despite being an undersized middle linebacker.

"I had a lot of big hits too," Bogard said. "I can run and cover. I'm just a missile on the field, but I need to add weight. I'll be at safety (as a senior) but I might play some linebacker."

One of Ohio's top high school programs, Glenville has turned out dozens of Division I prospects over the years, many of the best land at Ohio State.

Bogard hopes to follow in those footsteps.

"(Ohio State) is a favorite," he said. "OSU has been the college I have wanted to go to since I was young. Then I look at players like Christian Bryant, who plays there, and I wish to play with him again and it fills me up with energy to hear that they are very interested in me."

Bogard has received mail from colleges all over the country, but it's Ohio State that has shown the most interest.

Even without the contact from the Buckeyes coaching staff Bogard has learned plenty about the school from his former teammates now in Columbus.

"I hear that OSU is like home and it treats you right and the surroundings, the atmosphere, is just beautiful," he said.

Bogard plans to hit several camps and combines this summer and likely will again make his way to Columbus for the Buckeyes' camp.

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