ORLANDO, Fla. — Georgia junior linebacker Alec Ogletree wasted no time revealing his NFL decision.
The Bulldogs’ leading tackler said Tuesday after Georgia’s 45-31 Capital One Bowl win over Nebraska that he’s giving up his final season of eligibility to turn pro.
“This is my last game,” Ogletree said of his college career. “It’s a tough decision, but I felt like it was the right one for me to do based on just where I may go and the amount of risk it is to come back. I talked to my parents and let God lead me in the right way.”
Ogletree, the 6-foot-3 and 232- pound Newnan native, projected as the No. 18 overall prospect by ESPN’s Todd McShay and No. 16 by Mel Kiper.
He had 13 tackles, three tackles for loss, forced and recovered a fumble and made a sack on his final play for Georgia. He finished the season with 111 tackles in only 10 games.
Georgia outside linebacker Jarvis Jones — a top-five projected overall pick — also is expected to go but hasn’t announced his decision yet.
Redshirt junior quarterback Aaron Murray, the bowl MVP after completing 18 of 33 passes for 427 yards with five touchdowns and two interceptions said he is still deciding what he will do.
“The future? I don’t know what’s going to happen,” he said.
Offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said he will meet with Murray on Wednesday to discuss his decision. Murray, a redshirt junior, says he wants to talk to his parents more about whether to stay or go.
Redshirt junior nose guard Kwame Geathers also said he has yet to make up his mind.
The NFL deadline for underclassmen to declare for the draft is Jan. 15.
“I don’t know how long it could go,” Geathers said. “We’ve got to have it in by the 15th. It may be right up until then and maybe not. You never know. I’ve got to go home and talk to my parents and talk to the coaches.”
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