Oliver shines for Feather River

A player who put up some impressive tackle totals as a freshman in 2007 was Feather River MLB J.P Oliver (5-11, 220). He's hoping a big 2008 season will really increase his stock and he spoke with JCFootball.com recently about his offseason, what he's doing to improve as a linebacker and what school he's hoping to hear more from in the coming months.

"I didn't really do that well in high school, but I was also missing my second year of a foreign language so I really wasn't eligible to play college football at a D-1 school," Oliver, who prepped at Cascade High School in Everett, Wa., told JCFootball.com recently. "I headed down to West Hills and was all set to play there, but my living situation wasn't good at all and I just didn't like it down there, so I had a friend up here at Feather River who said I should come up and play and that's why I'm here."

Oliver started every game on the inside for the Golden Eagles and amassed 105 tackles, one interception, two sacks, one fumble recovery, a blocked punt and two blocked field goals.

"I can play on the inside or outside, but I feel like my best spot is on the inside," Oliver said. "I played corner and safety in high school, but I sorta grew into this position.

"I really feel this is my best position and my more natural position, but it's only my second year of playing linebacker so I'm still learning a lot.

"I'm always working on my technique and my footwork. Since I was a DB in high school, I know how important footwork is and that will really help me as a linebacker to not take any false steps and stuff like that."

On the recruiting front, Oliver has already started to hear from several programs including one that was his childhood favorite.

"Oregon's coaches have talked to my coaches about me and asked for film," Oliver said. "If there was one school that I would I say I really want to go to, it would be Oregon.

"With their tradition and the fact that me and my family always watched them and I just love their team and what they are all about.

"Other than them, Hawaii, Oregon State, Washington State, Middle Tennessee, Arizona State, Nevada and Texas A&M have all either sent me stuff or have asked for film on me."

Oliver is all set to graduate in December and he'll have three years to play two wherever he ends up.

We'll continue to follow Oliver over the coming weeks and months and update things as they change.

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