Olive getting attention

Oftentimes players in western Kentucky are overlooked by schools regionally. But there are cases in which a player can't be ignored. Robert Olive is one of those cases.

Oftentimes players in western Kentucky are overlooked by schools regionally. But there are cases in which a player can't be ignored. Robert Olive is one of those cases.

Murray High (Ky.) is a small school in the western half of the state of Kentucky. But the school is home to one of the biggest, most talented football players in the state, Robert Olive.

Robert is a standout on both sides of the ball, but he seems to excel most on the defensive side. "I think my biggest strength is my mindset," said Olive. "No matter who lines up against me; I am determined to outwork, out perform and out-do them every single play," he said.

The 6-foot-4, 305-pounder is working on his techniques to become a better player. "I have been working hard to get better at rushing the passer," said Olive. "Most of the time I would just bull-rush, which is very effective. But I am starting to use escape moves to switch things up," he said.

But his recognition hasn't been limited to the defensive side of the ball. "I made all Western Kentucky Conference 1st team for offensive line and defensive line," he said. "I also made the Paducah Sun All-Region 1st team for offensive line. I was voted best defensive line at our football banquet," Olive continued.

Olive has been doing the right things this summer to improve his stock as a player. "I went to several camps this summer. I think I did my best at Georgia Tech and Vanderbilt's camps," he said. "I receive letters from a lot of Division 1 schools and a few D2 and D3 schools," he said.

Three schools are showing Olive the most attention. "I believe Kentucky, Georgia Tech and Vanderbilt are showing me the most interest," he said.

Any of those three schools and many more have the traits that Olive seeks in the school he plans to choose. "I want to go to a school at a place with a great educational program and great football program," he said.

Like most other prospects, Olive and his teammates have the big trophy in mind. "My goal this season is to be undefeated and win a state championship," he finished.


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