St. Xavier DB battle tested

St. Xavier went 10-3 last season, reaching the regional finals. The Tigers had a lot of upperclassmen including junior corner Ryan Oliver. Oliver talked about the challenges of his junior year.

St. Xavier went 10-3 last season, reaching the regional finals. The Tigers had a lot of upperclassmen including junior corner Ryan Oliver. Oliver talked about the challenges of his junior year.

Ryan Oliver faced was one of the most challenged defensive backs in the state last season. Oliver took on a who's-who of Kentucky wide receivers last season and felt good about how those battles went.

"I was matched up with DeVante Parker twice, Michael Fluellen and James Quick all last season. I think my experience will help me have a breakout year," said Oliver. "I would describe myself as a gamer who doesn't back down from any challenge," he continued.

The 5-foot-11, 170-pound corner is knows that he'll be considered one of the top corners in Louisville next season and with good reason.

"My great footwork is my strength. Also my ability to break on the ball, my awareness and my mental toughness," he continued. "I want to improve my consistency on every play while being able to recognize certain routes before the ball is snapped," he said.

As one of only two junior starters on St. X's defense last year, Oliver will have to step into more of a leadership role next season.

"I was one of only two junior starters on our defense. I matched up with the other teams' best receiver constantly throughout the year," he said. "I ended up with three interceptions, 10 passes broken up and 48 tackles. My goal next year is to be a defensive captain while playing some receiver as well," he continued.

At this point in time Oliver is hearing from Troy, Tennessee-Chattanooga, Tennessee-Martni and Georgetown.

Scout Kentucky Preps will have Oliver's video available in the coming days.


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