Back in stride, Jae'lon Oglesby looking forward to Shrine Bowl, Orange Bowl

Daniel High star will pass up Offense-Defense All-America Bowl

Jae'lon Oglesby runs the ball during practice for the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas (Photo by Michael Justus, Spartanburg Herald-Journal, Independent Mail coverage partner)

Photo by Michael Justus, Michael Justus

Jae'lon Oglesby runs the ball during practice for the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas (Photo by Michael Justus, Spartanburg Herald-Journal, Independent Mail coverage partner)

Jae’lon Oglesby wasn’t sure if he’d see the practice field this week leading up to the 77th Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas.

The Daniel running back was coming off a 3A state runner-up finish and looking forward to testing his skills against the best players across South Carolina and North Carolina before heading off to Clemson next year.

It ended up not being as easy as it sounded. Oglesby’s physical on Sunday revealed possible knee damage and required an MRI. He was concerned that it was a torn meniscus, which would mean he’d have to sit out the all-star game. He did not practice during two-a-days on Monday, but was cleared to return on Tuesday.

Oglesby (5-foot-11, 175 pounds) said it was a relief to be able to get back on the football field.

“It’s great to finally be out here practicing with all these big-time guys,” he said. “When the doctor told me the good news that he cleared me so I could practice, I was just ready.”

Oglesby said the knee has not given him any issues since returning to the field. He’s confident he’ll be at full strength once the game rolls around at 1 p.m. Saturday at Gibbs Stadium.

“It actually feels better than it was during the season because I’ve had a little time off,” he said. “I think it healed a little more. After the Shrine Bowl, I’m pretty sure it will heal back up.”

Oglesby led the Lions (14-1) with 221 carries for 2,176 yards and 21 touchdowns. He also caught 38 passes for 557 yards and six touchdowns, and added a 65-yard touchdown pass.

Oglesby hopes to have a strong showing in his final high school game.

“If I’m getting positive yards, I think I’ll be doing pretty good,” he joked.

Oglesby is excited about his future at Clemson. He will not participate in the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl as originally planned and said there’s a chance he may attend the Orange Bowl on Jan. 3 as Clemson faces Ohio State.

“Since I’m not going to the Offense-Defense Bowl, I think my parents are going to the bowl game,” Oglesby said. “It should be pretty fun. I hope I get to go. Hopefully we can up the running game a little bit more when I get there next year.”

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