Oliver Enjoys Competing At Nike Camp

Lakewood (Ohio) St. Edward defensive back Nate Oliver, an Ohio State verbal, joined several of his teammates at Friday's Nike Camp at OSU. Oliver talked about his day in Columbus as well as his thoughts on Ohio State. Click here for more.

When a player has already made a verbal commitment to a school like Ohio State, that player can probably afford to skip camps and combines and rest on his laurels.

After all, his status is safe as a commitment to OSU.

But Lakewood (Ohio) St. Edward defensive back Nate Oliver did more than make an appearance at Friday's Nike Camp at OSU.

Oliver (6-0, 199) has been clocked as fast as 4.55 second in the 40 previously. At the Nike Camp, he was timed at 4.85 seconds on what seemed to be a slow track. He also did 20 reps on the bench press and had a 33-inch vertical jump.

Oliver enjoyed the chance to match up with some of the best prospects in the Midwest.

"It was fun," Oliver said. "I saw some competition and I got to see some areas where I need to improve. It was pretty much a test. I got to see some of my strengths and weaknesses."

As part of the camp, Oliver and the other campers received instruction on warming up and proper form in running and testing.

"I learned a lot today," he said. "But I know there are a lot of things I need to work on still."

Oliver, the No. 6 prospect in Ohio according to Ohio High, said he is glad he committed early to OSU.

"I am very excited about it," Oliver said. "I have not had any second thoughts. The coaches weren't allowed to talk to us today. It was more like we just said ‘Hi.' "

Oliver was a key component in St. Ed's Division I state semifinal team this past year. He was joined at Friday's camp by teammates Frank Edmonds and Diauntae Morrow. Oliver said he and his teammates are gunning for the state championship this fall.

"We have a lot of players back and we think we can win the state championship," he said.

Oliver holds a 3.0 GPA and will take the ACT in June.

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