When you are 6’8” tall and weigh a bit over three-hundred pounds, you are used to being the Big Man on Campus. Especially when you attend a high school such as St. Francis, whose enrollment is around 540 students. That is what Wisconsin commit Josh Oglesby goes through each and every day.
His whole life he has been one of the bigger kids. “I am used to kind of being the tall guy that everyone looks up to,” says the very outspoken soon to be senior in high school. “People have been coming up to me for different things since I committed to the Badgers. Now they look up at me and ask me for my autograph. It is kind of weird.”
This week he is going through his team’s camp and having to endure very hot and humid temperatures. But, when you are hoping to win a district and state championship, you have to be willing to go through anything. “We have a target on our backs, I think.” Oglesby states. “The thing about that is you have to take each week as a different season. We want to go 1-0 each week. That is our motto - go 1-0.”
Since making his commitment almost three months ago, things have changed quite a bit for the All-everything offensive lineman. He goes down the street and people are telling him, “Congratulations on being a Badger!” or “Welcome to the Family.” Actually, the situation is a bit ironic.
“When I was on one of my junior day visits to Madison, I felt like a kid in a candy store.” the lifelong Badger fan said. “I walked into the luncheon and before I could be introduced to this player, I said, ‘Wow, you are Joe Thomas.’ Then he said, ‘and you are Josh.’ He actually knew who I was.” After a small conversation, the two shared a moment that Oglesby will never forget. “I asked for his autograph and told him to sign it ‘FROM THE GREATEST LINEMAN EVER, JOE’. “ Josh said. “But, instead he signed it, “TO THE GREATEST LINEMAN EVER, JOE. He told me I am going to be better than him. This is the best offensive lineman in the country telling me this. That is pretty darn cool. I saw other guys, too, like Chris Chambers and Lee Evans. Yeah, I was a groupie that day.”
There are few things he wants his future ‘groupies’ to know. “I have a bet with my friends that we will win at least two Big Ten titles and one National title when I am at Wisconsin.” predicts the very selfless 17 year old. “If you want to come along for the ride, just be prepared to see us hoist that Crystal football in January.”
I guess when you are 6’8” tall and a little bit over three-hundred pounds - very few people will argue with that.