New receiver recruit emerges

The Tide coaches are looking for blue-chip receivers for next year's class, and St. Augustine's Will Oakley has caught their eye.

A Florida Times Union Top 40 selection for Northeast Florida as a senior and an All County performer as a junior, Will Oakley is a dual-threat player who has excelled at cornerback through his junior year.

Oakley (6-1, 190) attended the Bishop Dullaghan Skills Camp and was selected the top defensive back in attendance. He is a very hard worker who finished his junior year at Nease High School with 75 tackles and four interceptions from his cornerback position.

Last season Oakley was always assigned the opponent's top receiver. More often than not, he totally eliminated him from the offense. Having earned his name on defense, Oakley plans to play offense this year as well.

Timed at 4.45 in the 40-yard dash, Oakley has the speed for offense. He began his quest for wide receiver this summer and started with a bang. His squad attended the 24-team Mountain Brook Classic in Birmingham and he finished the scrimmage games with 20 touchdowns in 12 games.

Oakley followed that performance in his school's fall jamboree with nine receptions for 167 yards and a game winning 35-yard touchdown as time expired.

To further illustrate his athleticism, the native of St. Augustine, Florida, began running the 110-meter hurdles for his school's track team last March. By May Oakley was already district champion, runner-up in the regional, and a Top 10 finalist at the state level.

Will comes by his athleticism honestly. His dad, Bill Oakley, played baseball for Alabama from 1978 to 1982.

Oakley sports a 36-inch vertical jump that that was measured at Clemson, Georgia, Auburn, Alabama and Vanderbilt football camps.

He bench presses 260 pounds, squats 375 and power cleans 230. Academically, Oakley carries a 3.9 GPA, and has scored 1100 on the SAT and 25 on the ACT.

Oakley reports that Alabama, Auburn, Louisville, Arkansas, Clemson, Purdue, Florida, Vanderbilt, Central Florida, South Florida and Columbia are recruiting him.

RECRUITING NOTE: Oakley really likes Alabama and will attend the Oklahoma game this week on an unofficial visit. If Alabama extends a formal offer, it's possible that Oakley would commit early. Without question the Tide is one of Oakley's top schools.

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