Xavier Preston signs with West Virginia, Alex Ogle pledges his allegiance to Boise State
Ken LaVicka ESPN 106.3 Staff Writer
10:28 AM, Feb 5, 2014
Jensen Beach is far from the most recognizable football program in the region but it has spawned two Division 1 prospects in 2013-2014.
Quarterback Alex Ogle pledged his allegiance to Boise State on Wednesday, while talented linebacker Xavier Preston reinforced his West Virginia commitment.
Ogle's recruitment was long and frustrating, but ultimately rewarding. The big-armed signal caller led the Treasure Coast in passing but had a lot of trouble receiving offers despite heavy interest from a number of major Division 1 programs.
"I was angry at times during recruiting," Ogle said. "At home my parents would have to calm me down."
While Ogle turned heads at several camps and had continuous contact with a multitude of coaches, only FIU formally pulled the trigger on an offer. Until Bryan Harsin took over Boise State that is.
The Broncos' new head coach had interest in Ogle as the head man at Arkansas State (had an on-campus visit planned before Harsin's departure) and kept an eye on Ogle even after his move to Boise. Ogle's patience paid off. The Broncos offered last week and Ogle committed immediately. He made his official visit this past weekend.
"God has a plan," Ogle said. "I believe that. And now we'll see, right?"
Speedy, slick LB Xavier Preston (6-2, 23 lbs.) had been committed to the Mountaineers since November and didn't budge despite attention from UCF and NC State at the end of the recruiting period. He was ranked the 14th best 2014 player on ESPN 106.3's Top 63 Seniors list.
"I have a lot of talents," Preston said. "They'll [WVU] see."
As juniors, both players led Jensen Beach to its first playoff appearance in school history.