EDITOR'S NOTE – Today we continue our 14-part series where we unveil the top 101 football prospects in Ohio's Class of 2007. These rankings were assembled by Bucknuts and Ohio High recruiting editor Duane Long. They were originally published in the May 2006 edition of Ohio High magazine. Here is the ninth installment with a look at the player ranked sixth.
6. ***** Nate Oliver
6-0 195 S Lakewood St. Edward
Oliver is another of the super athletic safeties in this class.
He does not have the size Clifford has but he has a game that does not take a backseat to anyone.
Oliver is a very physical player and the comparison that comes to mind is former Buckeye Mike Doss. I think Oliver is a little better in coverage than Doss at the same time in their careers. With the spread offenses demanding more coverage skills for a safety, that bodes well for Oliver's future. Along with the hitting and solid tackling, he is a player with a high football I.Q. and one that is a leader. There is a future captain in Nate Oliver.
Oliver really brings it, and like Doss, Oliver is a good high school running back. When outstanding St. Edward running back Frankie Edmunds went down late in the playoff run, Oliver stepped in and played really well.
The Eagles played one of the more demanding schedules I have seen in recent years. In the "Holy War" against St. Ignatius, Oliver had arguably the best game I saw any player have all year. Oliver will be a three-year varsity starter in 2006. This past season, Oliver had 70 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, two interceptions and two caused fumbles.
Through the playoffs, when I saw a big play for St. Edward I saw No. 13 climbing out of the pile. His strip of a Glenville back in the regional finals inside the St. Edward 10-yard line may have been the biggest play in the game. He broke a long run to set up one touchdown and scored the touchdown that put the game away.
That is what great players do. They play their best in the biggest games of their careers. Nate Oliver is a great player.
Ohio State came in with an early offer and Nate did not take long to decide giving the Buckeyes their first verbal for the class of 2007 on signing day in February.
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