Big-Time DB Wants To Visit UM

Widely considered one of the nation's premier cornerback prospects, this talented defender claims to have a scholarship offer from the University of Miami and said he'd like to take an official visit to UM later this year.

Although standout Georgia defensive back Paul Oliver recently gave a commitment to the University of Georgia, that hasn't ended his plans on checking out the University of Miami as one of his choices in case he has a change of plans.

At 6-feet and 183 pounds, Oliver ran a 4.43 at this year's NIKE Camp. He's been playing football since he was six years old.

"I actually started out as a defensive end," Oliver told me. "Then I got switched to outside linebacker. Then I played quarterback for a year; then I played running back till I got into high school when I started playing wide receiver. Finally, I became a defensive back and I've been there the last two years."

Athletic ability, Oliver definitely has plenty of it. In fact, he competes in track (200 and 400) and will play either basketball or baseball as a senior. Inside the classroom, he has a 2.4 core and an 860 SAT score.

"All the big schools were calling in May, including Georgia and all three Florida schools," he said. "Most of the schools I talked to said they're looking for cornerbacks and that I could play early at their school. Pretty much everyone I talked to sent me a scholarship offer as well."

That included the Hurricanes, Oliver said.

"I like Miami a lot," he said. "Their coach said they have four new starters in the secondary and they're all young. He said they're trying to get two cornerbacks in this year's recruiting class and that he'd love for me to be one of them. Miami's definitely one of the schools I'd like to check out on a visit."

Oliver made a decision to make a commitment to the University of Georgia recently, but that hasn't stopped Oliver from thinking about other schools.

"I'm committed to UGA," he said. "But I do want to take some visits. I'd like to see Florida State, Texas, North Carolina, Michigan, and Miami. I also want to see Florida but I'm not sure if I'll visit there or not. I haven't talked to these schools since I made a commitment to Georgia so they might stop recruiting me, but I didn't lost interest in them."

Oliver, who had a father and uncle play at UGA, will be at their camp on July 12-13. Afterwards, his total focus is on one thing.

"The biggest thing to me is definitely the title," he said. "That's above everything else right now. Winning it all means the most to me because all the personal and recruiting stuff will fall into place after that."

Oliver is widely considered one of the nation's elite cornerback prospects, so it'll be interesting to see which schools continue to recruit him after his commitment to the in-state Bulldogs.


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