Varsity Preps

Mannie Ogletree: A Name to Remember

For people that follow football, the last name Ogletree is a name that many people recognize. The state of South Carolina has produced some of the most talented defensive players in the country over the past five years and this year is no different. Mannie Ogletree is the starting cornerback for a very solid North Augusta Yellowjackets football team and is starting to turn heads in the college football recruiting world. We are going to discuss Ogletree’s game and the kind of person he is in this article.

Over the past few days, I have had the privilege of watching Mannie’s workout film and his game film, and I have come away very impressed with both. The game film is what many people examine when studying recruits and Ogletree’s is a solid one to review. What stands out on Manny’s film is that he has the speed to match receivers and not get beat deep. Ogletree is stride for stride with the receiver he is covering. In addition, Ogletree is a physical corner and will not allow bigger wide receivers to attempt to bully him and create separation. The aspect of Mannie’s game that I am most impressed with is that he is not afraid to deliver a blow. Mannie will not shy away from tackles, and this includes running backs that are receiving the ball out of the backfield.

When I interviewed Mannie, he was a young man that was very polite and well spoken. Mannie was concerned about North Augusta losing their first game of the season this past Friday night, which is something that really indicates the kind of person the young man is. Mannie is a team player and cares about not only the team getting better but also improving his skills at the cornerback position. Ogletree informed me that he has focused on becoming a “better all-around corner with an emphasis on getting more fluid in the hips.” The stats so far in the season are impressive for Ogletree. The young man has picked off a pass, forced one fumble, and recovered two fumbles. Ogletree has been all over the field this season and I firmly believe his skill set will translate well to the division one level. The school and coaching staff that land this young man will become a better team the minute he steps on the practice field. Keep an eye on this young man as the season winds down. I promise you won’t regret it!

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