Murfreesboro, TN safety Kaleb Oliver made his final official visit this past weekend. Kaleb was in Atlanta to visit Georgia Tech. Monday Oliver shut down his recruitment and chose the Yellow Jackets over Ole Miss.
The visit won over Kaleb’s parents. They fell in love with Tech. “Coach (Paul) Johnson really made an impression on them. The entire time we were there was better than any place I've been.” The other plus for Kaleb was getting to catch up with his friend and current Tech player Gentry Bonds. “He told me it’s hard but if you apply yourself, it isn’t as hard as you think. I know I can do it because we are a lot alike."
The visit led to Kaleb choosing Tech. “They showed us a lot of love. It was genuine.” Kaleb and his parents liked that Coach Johnson was honest with them about everything. The reception from the Tech players also made an impression on Kaleb. “Guys like us can see the truth or if someone is faking it. The Tech football players are first class."
Coach Johnson broke down for Kaleb how he runs the team from his freshman year until he graduates. “He gets in touch with companies for the ones that graduate and he makes sure the right people talk to the players if the NFL is their future. How Cool is that?”
Kaleb and the coaches spent time talking about where he would play in the Tech defense. “I will probably be a two high or strong safety and I could slide into the nickel on passing downs.” When Tech has six defensive backs on the field, Kaleb could slide down into the linebacker slot. “I love the schemes that Georgia Tech runs. They have a great set-up for defense going forward.” The current players told Kaleb that the coaches are all about the players. “Who wouldn't want to play for a coach staff like that? Coach McCollum was great as my recruiting coach. He and I really formed a great bond and he was a big reason I was able to get a great feeling and want to come to Georgia Tech."
Oliver will sign his letter of intent in a ceremony at his school Wednesday morning at 11 AM CST. “I can’t wait to sign mine.” Kaleb is glad that he chose Tech. “I think in the future more and more players will see the ACC and Georgia Tech is where they need to be. It’s the best academic conference and the best sports conference.”