Oliver Looking Forward to Army Game

Texas wide receiver commitment Jake Oliver talks about the upcoming Army game and Major Applewhite as Longhorn offensive coordinator.

Texas wide receiver commitment Jake Oliver was on hand at the Texas State Championships, but not quite in the spot he wanted to be.

"We had a great time this season," Oliver said. "I wish we could have been here at Cowboys Stadium playing for a state championship, but it didn't work out that way. But we worked our butts off and we did the best we possibly could."

Oliver's efforts were rewarded when he broke Jordan Shipley's state of Texas record for career receptions.

"I actually didn't realize it on the specific pass that I caught," Oliver said. "But when I came off to the sideline after the drive, they announced it over the speakers and it was just a really cool moment to be honored by all the student body and all the family that was at Jesuit."

But at the same time, Oliver has repeatedly said that the record didn't mean as much to him as winning, an attitude that is represented by his attitude as a blocker. In fact, while he now sits as the most prolific pass-catcher in state history, Oliver is perhaps even more known as a devastating blocker on the edge.

"I just go 100 percent every time, even if I don't get the ball," Oliver said. "Because one block can spring one of my defenders, so I have to keep going 100 percent every play to help my team be successful."

That attitude really impressed the Texas staff, which extended an early offer to the wideout. Oliver quickly accepted, and said he's still solid to Texas with the changes at offensive coordinator.

"I'm coming into it with an open mind," Oliver said. "I feel like Coach Applewhite's going to do a great job. He likes to run that spread offense, so I'm hoping they'll incorporate that in there a little bit. But I'm set on Texas 100 percent, I'm just excited to be down there and doing my part."

Oliver will get a chance to play with several of his future teammates soon at the U.S. Army All-American Game.

"I'm just looking to be there," Oliver said. "It's going to be a great experience. I'm excited to play in it and be with all the guys and just show what I got."

Oliver said he's especially thrilled to be catching passes from future quarterback Tyrone Swoopes.

"I'm very excited," Oliver said. "We talk quite a bit. We went down on our official two weeks ago and we hung out a lot. We're pretty close."


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