Army and Navy offer Jersey duo

Army was in North New Jersey presenting offers to two players at Montclair High School, home of the current back-to-back state champions. Shaquan Oliver, a bruising 5-foot-10, 225-pound running back, received an offer as did his quarterback, Elijah Robinson. ArmySports.com caught up with Oliver to get his thoughts on the West Point offer.

"The Army coach came to the high school and we sat down and talked for awhile," Oliver said. "He told me they really liked what they saw on film and would love for me to come there for college. He said that they're in the process of changing the offense up and little bit and wanted to add a power back. He thinks if I come there I'd be able to make big contributions running the ball.

"I'm truly excited by the offer. I can't wait to take my family to West Point to see how it is. We'll probably take the trip over the summer."

The tandem of Oliver and Robinson was also offered that same day by the Naval Academy.

"Navy wants to do some one-back offensive set and use me to pound the football. They really liked my quarterback. I was pretty sure they were going to offer him and they offered me as well."

Oliver's other offer, his first, is from Towson. He's coming off a good junior year which he rushed for a little over 800 yards with nine touchdowns and averaged seven yards-per-carry. He was named first team All-Conference in his first as a starter for the New Jersey SIAA-North 1, Group V champions. In the state title game against Ridgewood, played at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, Oliver rushed for 191 yards. He says he would like to have a decision made on college by the end of summer to focus on the Mounties' title defense.

"I'm looking for a campus that feels like home for me," Oliver explained. "I want a place that my mother and sister will enjoy going to to see me play. It will be a family decision."

Last year's Montclair Mountie team was the first team to go back-to-back since the playoff system began in New Jersey in 1974. With Oliver and Robinson returning for one more season, they stand a good chance to bring home the highly-coveted three-peat in 2014.

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