Florida DE Prospect May Trip To NU

During the recruiting process, sometimes it's easy for talent to get overlooked even in the state of Florida. We were able to catch up with a young man that Nebraska has shown some interest in who happens to have a very well known cousin in recruiting circles this year. What offers does he have? Who has a shot and where do the Cornhuskers stand?

Willie Oliver is the type of defensive end that you might see as a project from looking at his measurables, but he has the potential and ability to certainly have a stellar off-season and be in good shape by the time his senior season rolls around.  Willie stands 6' 2" and weighs in at 241 pounds while running a 4.9 40 yard dash.  He currently benches 285 pounds and was credited with 65 tackles and 9 sacks last year for Union County High School in Lake Butler, Florida.

Oliver was named to the Gainesville Sun Honorable Mention team as a junior and currently holds offers from Mississippi and TempleNorth Carolina, Florida and Nebraska are all showing interest as well.  Willie views his strengths as not only his size, but his quickness off the ball and his ability to get past most offensive linemen off the outside in a hurry.  He also loves being around the ball and making plays, helping his team out however he can.

When it comes down to the school that's currently recruiting Willie the hardest, the answer is probably one of the obvious ones as it's a school that has offered Willie a spot on the roster.  "It'd probably be Ole Miss. They send me a lot of letters and have invited me to their football camps," he said. 

Willie's interest in Nebraska is certainly notable because if he does, in fact, visit Lincoln on an unofficial trip, he will be doing so with his cousin.  A prospect whose name is pretty familiar to those in recruiting circles this year.  "The thing with Nebraska is, me and my cousin, C.J. Spiller, we wanted to go visit up there before the school year is out.  We're still thinking about it," said Oliver. 

While Willie admits to liking what he's heard about the Cornhuskers, he doesn't feel he knows enough to make a very solid decision one way or the other.  "I like Nebraska. It's a place that I'm willing to go to, but I don't really know a lot about them," he said.  Oliver said he would be definitely interested in listening to what Nebraska had to say should they become more interested later on.

Some players study depth charts look for playing time when visiting a school or look for some other immediate gratification.  Not Willie, though.  He just wants to be comfortable and have a chance to learn.  "The main thing is the coaches and how well the team gets along together, that's what really catches my eye.  I don't really care too much about playing early because I like to learn before I get on the field," he said.

Oliver said that he and Spiller both have visited Florida quite a bit since it's about a 20 minute drive from his current location and they currently don't have any other unofficials planned at this time besides the possible Nebraska trip.  Willie also mentioned that he was visited by a several schools in May such as Florida, North Carolina, Clemson and Tennessee to name a few.


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