USC going after another Glenville player?

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USC is Glenville LB/S prospect Devan Bogard’s first offer.

Less than 12 hours after members of the class of 2011 at Cleveland
Glenville signed their respective letters of intent on national signing
day, the University of Southern California offered a scholarship to one of the top
prospects of the class of 2012 for the Tarblooders.


Less than 12 hours after members of the class of 2011 at Cleveland
Glenville signed their respective letters of intent on national signing
day, the University of Southern California offered a scholarship to one of the top
prospects of the class of 2012 for the Tarblooders.

After officially luring behemoth offensive lineman Aundrey Walker to
USC, the Trojans made it clear they weren’t done mining the talent at
Glenville and offered Devan Bogard, a top linebacker/safety prospect in Ohio.

“I’m so blessed to have been offered by USC,” Bogard said. “It felt
good. I was surprised they offered. I’m real happy though. I’m really
blessed.”

Bogard heard the good news directly from the top man at USC as Lane
Kiffin was talking with head coach Ted Ginn Sr. when the offer
materialized.

“It’s very important. It’s my first offer,” Bogard said. “I’m sure
many more teams will take a look at me now. But I’m very interested in
USC, I always was.”

Ohio State is also one of the schools
that Bogard is very interested in.

“I’ve been in contact with Taver (Johnson) and they were talking
about an offer as well,” Bogard said. “I like Ohio State
a lot.”

But Bogard wasn’t even thinking about an offer from USC or any other
school for that matter the night
before signing day. He was more focused on being a leader for Tarblooders in the upcoming season.

“I have to be a leader on my team this
year
so we can go all the way and do something for real. Make
history,” Bogard said. “Everything’s on my back now and I’m ready to
perform. And I’m ready to get my team ready for anything.”

It’s been an exciting journey just to get to this point for Bogard
who earned a starting role on the varsity at linebacker this past
season.

“My senior year came so fast,” Bogard said. “I remember when I was a
freshman watching Marcus Hall and them practice and going against them.
All of those guys dogging me and everything on the field. But it all
worked out well in the end and I’m ready.”

Last season was mainly his first real action with the varsity.

“I fit in right away,” Bogard said. “My first game I did wonderful.
I had 10 solos, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery in my first
varsity game. Well it wasn’t my first varsity game because I played some
in states (in 2009) but it felt good.”

Although he lined up at linebacker last year for the Tarblooders, his
future position my change at the next level or even this season.

“I think I’m going to be a strong safety in college,” Bogard said. “I played Will and Mike
linebacker last year and I might move to strong safety now. We’ve got
some linebackers ready to (step in) but if the linebackers don’t perform
how they’re suppose to then they’re going to move me back down to
linebacker and I’ll be the middle linebacker.”

At 6-1 and about 190 pounds, Bogard sort of prefers playing
linebacker for now but he’s willing to do whatever it takes to help the
team.

“I really feel comfortable at linebacker because I like hitting,”
Bogard said. “But if they’re going to play me at safety, I’ll play
safety. I can be comfortable there because I’ve been working on safety
since I was a freshman too, so I really know the deal how to be a safety
and everything.”

And after last year’s disappointing finish, the expectations won’t be
as high for Bogard and his not-as-well-known teammates this upcoming
season.

“Everybody was rooting for this (past year’s) team to win a state
title with all of the talent and stuff,” Bogard said. “But with all of
the talent we had, we really didn’t have a real leader. And now they’re
underrating the team we have this year so much but, if we work hard,
we’re going to surprise a lot of people.”

A young leader — the unassuming Bogard won’t turn 17 until June —
he’s excited about where his future might take him.

“I just want to go to college and step on a college field. And I
always wanted to be a Buckeye … always,” Bogard said. “I always wanted
to be a Buckeye and just play football in college and get my degree and just be something in life.”

Well he’s doing quite well for himself in that regard as Bogard
sports a 3.0 GPA in the classroom at the Ginn Academy.
But ultimately Bogard wants to make a name for himself on the gridiron
at Glenville.

“Yeah football is my ticket
and I’m very excited. I just like playing football,” Bogard said. “I
love playing football, that’s all I’ve been doing since I was like four
years old. I want to get my grade point average a little bit higher and
I’ll be good.”

And if things work out in the end he might have a chance to be
reunited with current Buckeye Christian Bryant, who’s been a role model
for Bogard for the longest time.

“The class that got my head together for real is Christian’s class,”
Bogard said. “I talk to Christian all the time and I’d like to play
with Christian when I graduate from here. We’ll be united again.”

Sounds like that reality is just an Ohio State
offer away.

 

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