Oliver builds bonds during UO official visit

Meridian (Idaho) Rocky Mountain safety Khalil Oliver recaps his official visit to Oregon and what is up next for him before National Signing Day.

Rocky Mountain safety Khalil Oliver took his official visit to Oregon over the weekend The Ducks came on late in the process for Oliver, but he said he felt at home, noting a specific area where Eugene stood out.

"I'd say quietness," Oliver said. "It's a polar opposite of Seattle."

Oliver told eDuck last week that academics will factor heavily into his decision. During his visit, he got a chance to see exactly what Oregon had to offer almost immediately after he arrived.

"As soon as I got there, we got picked up and met a biology professor," Oliver said. "That was the first thing we did. We went and toured the biology facilities and the chemistry facilities, and he gave us the lowdown on everything they do as far as the program and what they try and do as far as professors providing extra time after class for help and everything like that.

"Then we saw the Jaqua Center after that and that was my first time there. It's very nice. I love how its all glassed up, that was pretty cool. The amount of help and guidance they give you is a good thing to have."

Oliver's host was freshman cornerback Juwaan Williams and the two bonded with his friends over video games and talking football.

"We actually had a Fifa tournament on Saturday, so that was pretty cool," Oliver said. "We had a lot of guys over that Juwaan knew and experienced that and it was cool. I love that they're all focused on football and they all have an essential goal they want to get to."

Oliver also praised head coach Mark Helfrich and secondary coach John Neal for how they shot straight with him during his time in Eugene.

"I love all the coaches there," Oliver said. "They're all genuine guys. They tell you how it is and they don't feed you any lines. They respect your decision as a 17-18 year old kid and let you make it for yourself." Since Oliver was offered only a few weeks ago, there hasn't been much time to establish a deep relationship with the coaches. But, Oliver said it's been an easier obstacle to overcome because of how they interact with him.

"It's definitely been easy with them," Oliver said. "They're two guys that are really down to earth and they get to know you as a person. That's a good quality to have."

As of right now Oliver said he only has one in-home visit planned next week, and that is with Neal. He doesn't know yet if he will take one last unofficial visit to Boise State next weekend, and said if he doesn't he will begin weighing out the pros and cons of each program before making a decision.

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