Texas RB has Cougs tied for top spot

LEGENDARY BROADCASTER and Cougar alum Keith Jackson once said all great running backs are great "skaters". Brandon Oliver out of Arlington, Texas., has shown the ability to skate through prep traffic but will he lace 'em up at running back or elsewhere at the next level? The Cougs have offered the Texan, and the 5-11, 190-pounder has Washington State tied at the top.

Out of Arlington, Oliver holds "five or six" scholie offers, including WSU, Indiana, Wyoming and Houston. Kansas State is also lurking.

Of his top three -- Washington State, TCU and UCLA -- the Cougs are the only ones to have offered.

"I like the way they're talking right now," said Oliver. "And if I was to go to Washington State, I know the weather's nice up there."

THE COUGS have talked to Oliver (4.4 speed in the 40) about playing running back or the slot, and also being a return man. TCU looks to be the only school looking at him on defense, as a safety. The Horned Frogs recently received verbal commitments from South Garland safety TeJay Johnson and Hutto defensive back Jeremy Kerley.

"I'm out to show everybody that I'm more than just a fast guy -- that I have different skills as far as hands and everything else," said Oliver.

WSU and UCLA are the two schools the Mansfield Summit High standout has talked with most recently. Recruiting coordinator Greg Peterson has struck a chord with Oliver, he said, who also added that distance won't be much of a factor. He is undecided on when he might pull the trigger.

"If everything falls into place, I want to make my decision before (the season) but if it doesn't, then maybe I'll end up making the decision midway through," said Oliver.

THIS SPRING, Oliver spent the majority of his time at running back, but also took a good amount of turns at slotback. Mansfield Summit switches up this season from the flexbone to the spread with offensive focal point John Chiles moving to the QB role.

The changes could benefit Oliver -- he'll likely have the chance to show off his receiver skills in the slot in addition to his running back and return duties.

In limited opportunities last season (19 attempts), Oliver rushed for 288 yards. He also logged over 300 kick and punt return yards.

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