Oliver Confirms OSU Scholarship Offer

Nate Oliver, a top safety prospect from St. Edward High School, received his first scholarship offer from his favorite school last weekend. Oliver was in Columbus on Sunday to attend a mini-junior day at Ohio State and have a chance to mingle with some of the other player on OSU's recruiting radar. At 6-0 and 200 pounds, Oliver, who will run track for St. Edward in the spring, plans on attending a few camps in the summer before he makes any official commitment to any school.

Word of a scholarship offer being extended to Nate Oliver from Ohio State was somehow making the rounds in San Antonio during the week of the All-American Bowl before he actually received it.

The St. Edward safety received a surprise text message from OSU assistant coach Tim Beckman on Saturday the actual day of the All-American Bowl informing him of the news.

"He told me that I would be receiving a scholarship offer in the mail and so I immediately called him on the phone," Oliver said. "I wasn't expecting any offers until next year so it was a shocker. I was very excited. I've been an Ohio State fan all my life so this is incredible."

Oliver received the actual offer in the mail on Monday.

"It's just amazing. It's something that as a kid you would never expect," he said. "I'm leaning more toward Ohio State now than I was before the offer."

Oliver is in Columbus (Sunday) as an invited guest for a mini-junior day. Many top gridiron prospects are on campus to take in the Ohio State-Michigan State basketball game and take a formal tour of the school's facilities.

"Like any kid growing up in Ohio, I love the Buckeyes," Oliver said. "Eddie George is my favorite player and getting an offer from his school is just amazing. And Jack Tatum is my favorite safety of all-time."

At 6-0, 200 pounds, Oliver, who's been clocked at 4.55-seconds in the 40-yard dash, considers himself to be a physical presence at safety, just like Tatum was.

"I'm very physical but I can read run-pass very well," Oliver said. "My coverage skills could be better but I'm working really hard on my footwork work now so that I can improve at that."

But he clearly would prefer making a big hit as opposed to getting an interception.

"I'll go with the big hit any time," Oliver said. "Interceptions are nice but I'd much rather make a big hit than get an interception because that receiver will think twice about coming into your area again."

Oliver, who will run on the his school's 4X100, 4X200 and 4X400 relay teams in the spring, plans on training at the Euclid Sports Plant this winter to help him improve on his speed and conditioning. Then in the summer he will likely attend a few camps before he makes his final college decision known. St. Edward will possibly sponsor a bus tour of their own this summer so their kids can get exposure in front of numerous college coaches and recruiters and Oliver plans on being a part of it.

"Right now I think I would like to make a commitment before the start of the season," Oliver said. "But if something happens that makes me want to do it sooner than I'll do it."

Oliver was suppose to attend a junior day in Notre Dame on Saturday but didn't make it to South Bend. Michigan would like for him to attend their junior day on Jan. 28 and Pittsburgh is starting to show a lot of interest in Oliver as well.

"I was starting to get worried about (recruiting)," Oliver said. "But since the word got around that Ohio State offered, things have started to happen really fast."

In addition to Oliver at St. Edward, there are a host of other college prospects on the roster to watch for next season like Kyle Hubbard, Frank Edmonds, Diauntae Morrow and Jeff Lucas as well as youngsters like Branden Williams who will be a junior and Dominic Goodwin who is the sophomore heir-apparent to Edmonds.

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