Rob Overton presents an interesting combination of size and ability from the tight end spot. He stands 6' 5", weighs in at 244 pounds and runs a 4.75 40 yard dash. He bench presses 275 pounds, squats 400 pounds and cleans 225 pounds while carrying a 3.0 grade point average at Moreau Catholic High School. This past year, he had 39 catches for 441 yards and seven touchdowns while on the defensive side of the ball, he had 79 tackles, 19 tackles for loss and seven sacks. He was named his team's Offensive MVP and made Second-Team All-League along with being named Second Team All-State at the multi-purpose position. Overton currently claims offers from Nebraska, Colorado, Oregon and BYU along with interest in Oklahoma, California and Ole Miss. He states his current favorites out of that group as the Ducks and the Sooners. He plans to visit the Nike Combine in May and cites his strong points as an athlete as his desires to work well with teammates and his willingness to never give up.
Growing up, Overton took to the local boys for his college football fix. "(My favorite was) Cal, just because they're close to home and they were a pretty good team at the time and had good academics," he said. He has opened up his mind to possible suitors as the offers have begun to roll in including one from the University of Nebraska. Of the Nebraska offer Overton said, "I was pretty excited because it was my first offer." Rob said it was a relief to get the first offer out of the way. Nebraska has sent Rob quite a few informational letters to help him get better acquainted with the program.
We spoke a bit about some of the big factors that will go into his eventual decision and Rob said, "Coaching is a big plus and the environment around the campus, what it's like and national championship plays a factor into it and academics too." Expanding on the coaching aspect, Overton said, "I know at Oregon, the Tight Ends coach is really good and they put a lot of tight ends in the NFL." The National Football League is one of Rob's goals and he mentioned that the NFL atmosphere at Nebraska was a big plus.
Overton is slowly but surely sifting through the possibilities about where he would be spending some unofficial and eventually official visits. "I went to Oregon unofficially and right now I don't have any set up but I'm hoping to set some up soon," he said. He intends to get out to Lincoln to visit the Cornhuskers at some point. Overton said that his interest in Nebraska right now is two-fold. "Right now, their facilities. Once I get a visit there I'll have a better vision of what I want. Probably academics, too," he said. It's clear that academics will play a strong role in the recruitment of Rob and each school is going to have to show that they have what it takes for Mr. Overton to consider them.