November 8, 2010

Bogard dominates the middle

At 6-foot, 173-pounds, Devan Bogard doesn't quite fit the mold of your typical middle linebacker.

But Bogard is anything but typical.

"I'm a sound player," said Bogard, a junior at Ginn Academy and a standout on the 11-0 Glenville Tarblooders football team. "They say I am small for my position but I tell them I have a strong heart and passion. I make big hits and plays for my team so I hit everyone with, 'you don't have to be the strongest or the fastest to be the greatest.'"

Bogard backs up his words with his game-day performances.

Through 11 games, Bogard leads the Tarblooders in tackles and that's saying a lot for a team loaded with Division I prospects and with several marquee wins to its credit.

Glenville finished the regular season a perfect 10-0 with wins over Indiana's Warren Central and Dwyer High School out of Florida. On Saturday, the Tarblooders defeated Warren Harding, 41-6, to advance to the Ohio Division I, Region 1 semifinals where they'll play undefeated Lakewood St. Edward.

"I cannot wait until Saturday," Bogard said. "This the big one everyone has been waiting on. Glenville will be victories. We're just taking it one game at a time."

While Bogard dominates the middle of Glenville's defense, he knows his future is in the defensive backfield.

Most colleges are recruiting him to play either strong safety or cornerback.

"I'm getting mail from all around," he said. "Northwestern, Ohio State, Pittsburgh, Purdue, Michigan and a lot of Big 12 and Big Ten schools."

Already Bogard has visited one of his favorite schools several times.

"I've been to Ohio State plenty of times," he said. "I was at the Miami game and went to the Ohio State camp."

Bogard also attended the US Army All-American Combine in San Antonio, Texas in January and was among the top performers at the event.

"I was the only sophomore to make first-team," he said. "I attended the Oregon 7-on Tournament, which I won all-tournament defensive team."

In addition to the Buckeyes, Bogard said he's interested in USC, Penn State and Northwestern.

"I feel that these schools fit me in a way that I know I can compete and play there," he said.

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