Kaleb Oliver (© Chad Simmons / Scout)

Mississippi State verbal commitment Kaleb Oliver plans to be in Starkville this Saturday to see his Bulldogs take on Auburn.

Mississippi State secured the verbal commitment of Oakland High (TN) defensive back Kaleb Oliver after the Bulldogs' June camp sessions. The talented safety is certainly living up to his SEC billing this fall as he has helped the Patriots to an undefeated start to the season. With 37 total tackles, a sack, a forced fumble and a blocked punt, Oliver always seems to be around the football.

"The season is going really good for us," Kaleb Oliver said. "We are undefeated and we play an undefeated team this week, Haywood. They are 5-0 and it's going to be a great game. I am excited about it."

The trip to Brownsville, Tennessee will be a big one for Oliver and his teammates from Murfreesboro. The Patriots are putting in the time to ensure that their undefeated streak remains in tact after this weekend's action.

"We have been working hard and watching film," Oliver said. "I feel like we have a good idea of what they are going to try to do on offense. We have worked hard to learn all of their formations and the plays that they like to run. I feel like we are prepared and that we have a great game plan.

"Our offense has been playing good and they have worked hard to get ready too. We're excited about going over there and playing in a big game."

Once the final horn sounds on the road at Haywood High, Oliver will not be making the trip home with the rest of the team. The three star standout will be staying overnight and making the drive to Starkville, Mississippi to see Oliver's future team, Mississippi State, in action.

"We have some family in West Tennessee, so I am going to spend the night there and then go see the game Saturday morning," Oliver said. "I am excited about getting back over there. I went to see them play South Carolina and it was a great atmosphere and a great experience."

The unofficial game day visit to Davis Wade Stadium was the first for Oliver and his mother who has accompanied him on earlier trips to campus. The chance to hear the Bulldogs' trademark cowbells appears to have left a lasting impression.

"I had never heard the cowbells before," Oliver said. "I can't even describe it. It's just a roar and it means a lot to see how the fans are so supportive of the team. They are there for the team and they make it a great environment to play in. It made me excited to think about playing in front of that crowd."

The Bulldogs' recruiting efforts are led by Coach Peter Sirmon and safeties coach Maurice Linguist. Oliver reports that he has a solid rapport with both Mississippi State assistants. 

"They came to see me play during the bye week, but I didn't get to play a whole lot since it was a blow out," Oliver said. "I was still glad that they came. I hear from Coach Sirmon a couple of times each week and I have a great relationship with him and the other coaches."

Oliver picked the Bulldogs over offers from Louisville, Memphis, South Carolina and Vanderbilt among others. Since making his pledge to the Bulldogs, most programs have taken a step back in their pursuit. 

"It's been pretty quiet lately," Oliver shared. "I hear from some other schools a little bit, but it's mainly Mississippi State. I talk to them every week and I am excited about the future. I am looking forward to getting back over there this weekend for the game."

Rated the fourth best safety in his home state of Tennessee, Oliver currently has no plans to visit other programs and considers his commitment to the Bulldogs solid. Oliver is one of two defensive backs from the state of Tennessee committed to the Bulldogs. Landon Guidry joins Oliver on the Mississippi State commitment list. Both players were initially recruited by Mississippi State defensive coordinator Sirmon.


Gene's Page Top Stories