Junior RB has OU in his bloodlines

It's never too early to start checking on the future with today's football stars. SoonersIllustrated made a few rounds for spring ball and checked on a few players. Stopping by the city of Sugar Land, Texas, we caught up with Dulles junior running back Jarrell Oliver.

In many cases, football programs like the ideas of legacies attending the school that a family member once was a part of. And though there is plenty of years left for him in high school play and in regards to college recruiting, Sugar Land (TX) Dulles running back Jarrell Oliver has had some inquiries from college recruiters this spring.

But one program in particular he has heard about most of his life.

"This spring my coach said that Texas, New Mexico, Texas A&M, Colorado, and Notre Dame are some of the schools that have asked about me this spring," Oliver said after the Dulles spring game. "But my father played at Oklahoma in the late 80s, so I have heard all about the Sooners for a long time now."

His father, Jarrod Oliver (6-0, 215), was a running back for Oklahoma on the 1986-87 roster. Jarrod's first season with Oklahoma was the last season for guys like running back Spencer Tillman and linebacker Brian Bosworth. 

Of course with the idea of Oklahoma being a constant in the home for some time, Jarrell said that his father would like to see him in the Crimson and Cream, but is open to whatever school would be best.

"He said that he would love for me to go there because they run the ball a lot," Oliver said. "But really he just wants me to go to a good school that will run the ball quite a bit."

Running the ball in the Oliver household is the common denominator as both Jarrod and Jarrell play the same position.

But father was a different style of runner than son.

"Some people tell me that I run just like him, but he was more of a real power back, like a Jerome Bettis type," Oliver said. "I feel I am more of a Reggie Bush type player who uses a lot of moves. He (Jarrod) was a straightforward run over you type person."

As a sophomore, the 5-foot-9, 185-pound Oliver ran for 578 yards on 79 carries in a reserve role. But this spring he feels as though his improvements will be noticed once he hits the field for next season. 

"Last season I shared reps with the senior coming out. I had a fair amount of yards, but this season I have improved," Oliver said. "My speed is better and I hit the holes much harder. Coming in last year as a sophomore I was a little timid, but this year I am running much harder."

Which was evident in the Vikings spring game where Oliver had over 100 yards and scored twice. Going into next season, the Dulles team will have quite a few underclassmen lining up at a variety of positions. 

Oliver and many of his other teammates will have to take the reins of the team so that they may have success for the 2009 season.

"I think I performed well and my O-line was decent. I just try to come out and run the ball hard and do all I can," Oliver said of his spring game performance. "Basically I try to be a leader and feel I am a leader of the team. I try and get everyone up here for workouts to be prepared for the season even though I know we are young."

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