A dual-sport recruit with an aspiration to suit up on the hardwood as well, three-star wide receiver Bryce Oliver says one of his Power Five suitors is already starting to distance themselves from the near dozen additional schools representing his scholarship offer sheet.
"Kentucky is on top, but Syracuse is most definitely on the rise," Oliver told Scout.
Both the Wildcats and Orange are certainly no strangers to the fertile recruiting grounds of Dillard High, with Mark Stoops' staff signing blue-chip defensive end Jordan Wright just over a month ago.
"I love the way they're recruiting down here in South Florida," Oliver said of UK. "They're at me hard, too, and I feel like I could be used up there in their system.
"Also, (offensive coordinator) coach (Eddie) Gran shares a bond with me and other kids at Dillard, like Jordan Wright."
It's a similar situation with Dino Babers' program up in Central New York. Former teammates McKinley Williams, Kenneth Ruff and Mo Hasan are currently strapping up the pads for the Orange, but there's also much more than the familiarity that appeals to Oliver.
"I really like (secondary) coach (Nick) Monroe's vibe with me," Oliver said. "Again, like Kentucky, I feel like I could be used at 'Cuse. At 'Cuse, there are a couple of (former) teammates up there that I played with in high school and I'm very cool with."
Oliver plans to attend UCF's spring game on April 8, and is also visiting the Orange before the end of the month. The Wildcats are expected to receive a visit over spring break as well.
"I classify myself as an all-around receiver," Oliver said. "I can run routes, block, I'm extremely physical, and I think I have good ball skills to add."
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