Olver showed enough during his first year playing football to earn eight FBS offers, a walk-on opportunity at Ohio State, and a three-star rating. The Colorado commit tried to turn potential into more productive this fall. He played full time as a strongside defensive end in Marin Catholic's 4-3 scheme, and he played "about 50 percent" of the team's offensive reps at tight end.
With the tutelage Wildcats head coach Mazi Moayed and defensive line coach Igor Olshansky, a Ukrainian-born former defensive end that played eight years in the NFL, Olver believes his final prep season was a success.
“I definitely feel like this year was a real learning experience for me, getting more games under my belt,” Olver said. “I am learning things about the game every day. It is a wonderful game. I love it. I think I am starting to understand the technique and the concepts and my assignment on the defense. On offense, I have been working a lot on my speed.”
After losing two of its first three games, Marin Catholic rattled off 10 wins in a row, resulting in a Marin County League championship and an appearance in the CIF Division 3 title contest.
“We had a very young team this year and a lot of those juniors and sophomores really stood out and did a great job,” Olver recapped. “There was a real sense of brotherhood on our team. We had a team with a lot of heart. A lot of games we were down and we rallied and fought back. I am extremely proud of the team.”
In a 27-7 loss to Bishop O'Dowd in the championship game, Olver got a chance to go up against blue-chip offensive tackle Alijah Vera-Tucker, who is verbally committed to USC.
“It was good to go against someone that I am going to go against in the future and I thought I did well. It was valuable experience,” Olver said. “He is a great kid, a great opponent. He is going to be a great player.”
Olver's background in rugby helped him make the transition to football. While he still has a lot to learn about his new sport, Olver has never second-guessed his decision to move to the United States to play football.
“I love the pads. When I put on those pads, I feel like a gladiator. I feel like I am putting on my armor,” he said. “In rugby we didn't have pads... it makes you feel indestructible.”
Olver has not second-guessed his college decision, either. He continues to hear on regular basis from Colorado offensive line coach Klayton Adams, and Buffs tight ends coach Gary Bernardi was in attendance at his final high school game.
“I am 100 percent committed to Colorado-Boulder,” he said. “That is why I committed in the first place. I want to be a Buff. … The two times I visited Colorado, they were extremely welcoming. They really took their time to show me around the school, show me the academic side, the athletics side, show me the facilities.
“When I visited there, you could just tell there was something special going on at Colorado. The program is growing. The coaches are amazing. The facilities are amazing. The people are friendly. That view of the mountains is amazing.”
Colorado is simply recruiting Olver as a “big athlete.” If he ends up playing on the defensive side of the ball for the Buffs, Olver will likely factor in at the five-technique spot, the defensive lineman that typically lines up on the outside shoulder of the offensive tackle.
“Because I haven't played as much football as most in my recruiting class, I think they are still trying to decide where I will fit in best,” he said. “I'll honestly play wherever they want me to play.”
Olver is one of five Buff commitments that will take his official visit to Colorado in January, with defensive lineman Jacob Callier, linebacker Carson Wells, offensive lineman Heston Paige and linebacker Chase Newman being the others.
Olver hopes to pursue a degree in International Business at Colorado.