Beast of the East: Oliver Has Leader

Philadelphia West Catholic defensive end Tymir Oliver holds four offers and has one school on top early. The 6-foot-4, 270-pound junior broke down his options and hopes for his first junior day visit.

Philadelphia West Catholic 2016 defensive end Tymir Oliver entered his impressive showing at Friday’s Beast of the East with four verbal scholarship.

The 6-foot-4, 270-pounder has one school on top early with offers from Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Temple and Massachusetts.

“I like Rutgers,” Oliver said. “Right now Rutgers is my top school. I like the environment and the coaching staff. They showed a lot of love when I visited up there.”

Oliver said he knows the Rutgers staff best, and enjoyed his time on campus in 2014.

“I visited for when they played Indiana and they actually beat them,” he said. “I really liked it up there. I know all of the coaches. I have a pretty good relationship with them, especially their defensive coaches.”

Pittsburgh was first to offer, but it came from former head coach Paul Chryst. With Pat Narduzzi now in control of the Panthers, Oliver remains heavily interested.

“My first offer, it was crazy,” Oliver said. “One of my classmates (Patrick Amara) told me I was going to get an offer, and I didn’t believe me. He told me to go down and talk to my coach. I thought he was lying, but I finally went down and found out I had an offer.”

Nearby Temple and new MAC member UMass are also in pursuit.

“It's been pretty exciting,” Oliver said. “When started receiving offers sophomore year, it was a big thing for me. I couldn't believe it. Even when I was younger, I couldn't believe I'd get the chance to play at the college level.”

The next stop for Oliver could be to Charlottesville, Va., on a Jan. 31 junior day event.

“I’m going to talk with my father about it,” Oliver said. “I definitely want to go to Virginia. They’re a great school. They’re playing Duke in basketball that day, so I want to get there,”


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