Union County's Oliver Was Answer To Prayer

Union County Coach Buddy Nobles found himself in need of a defensive end last year, and in June, he found his prayer answered in the form of Willie Oliver, a 6-2, 225-pounder who brings speed and attitude to the position.

"Willie is the one I call my prayer warrior;" Noble said. "I prayed for a defensive end last year and he checked in, in June. He is quick as a cat. He is getting stronger and is busting his butt in the weight room. He uses his hands well."

Willie Oliver is one of several outstanding seniors who are one of the big reasons Union County is expected to have a huge say in who wins the state championship in their classification. If you ask any of the seniors, they'll tell you that a state championship is their clear focus in the offseason.

"I think we are going to do pretty good," said Oliver, one of the big play defenders for Coach Nobles' team. "We are working hard in the weight room. Every one is determined to make it to state so we feel pretty good."

Oliver lives with an older brother who used to play football at Union County. He also doubles up as a basketball player for the Tigers, but he knows fully well that his ticket to a college scholarship is football.

"I know I am pretty fast for a defensive end," Oliver said, describing what he brings to the table. "I bring a lot of speed and am pretty good at what do."

College coaches are regularly asking for film on the Union County team, so Oliver is starting to the attention of recruiters.

"I have been getting a couple of letters," Oliver said. "Some people say I will be an outside linebacker, but I think I will be a defensive end."

When Clinton Portis played for the University of Miami, Oliver was a big fan, but he actually grew up cheering for Florida State. Now that he's thinking about where he will play college football, he's open to all offers but schools closest to home will have the biggest advantage.

"I will probably talk to my brother about it and probably location," he said, taking about what will determine his final decision. "If I can I'd like to stay close to home."

Willie Oliver seems to have his academic house in order, so with a little bit of exposure, figure that he will start moving up the recruiting charts. Because Union County figures to be such a good team, he will get plenty of looks from some big time schools.

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