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New Commit - Marcus Oliver

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Posted: 12/6/2012 11:08 PM

New Commit - Marcus Oliver 


Not a lot of info out there about this lad, looks like an "under the radar" player, but looks like he has the tools at 6'1", 225#, 4.6 40:

http://rivals.yahoo.com/indiana/football/recruitin g/player-Marcus-Oliver-136157


Some video from his junior season:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5W7Dw6i0Fcc


And an interview from an OSU blog:

http://www.elevenwarriors.com/2012/02/catching-up- with-marcus-oliver


Pretty impressive stats for his senior year, although it's unclear why he only played in 7 1/2 games.  Injuries?  135 tackles, 92 solo, in 7 1/2 games?

http://cincinnati.com/blogs/recruiting/2012/12/06/ hamilton-senior-linebacker-marcus-oliver-verbally- commits-to-indiana/
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Posted: 12/7/2012 7:17 AM

Re: New Commit - Marcus Oliver 


He apparently got re-evaluated by Rivals and has been bumped up to a 5.6 rated recruit and the #37 ILB in the country. That's pretty heady stuff considering he wasn't even rated last week, fairly large jump.

I really like the jump in ranking but still scratch my head on not having any other BCS offers and it sounds like IU was really hesitant for quite some time too. His measurables scream Big Ten LB...

Rival's Midwest expert, Josh Helmholdt, has seen him play and RAVED about this kid, so I would expect Helmholdt to be largely responsible for the kid getting the Star/Rating bump he just got.

Last edited 12/7/2012 7:19 AM by waylonjennings

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Posted: 12/8/2012 9:57 AM

RE: New Commit - Marcus Oliver 


He played in 7 games last year at LB and had over 130 tackles. Coaches of other high school teams in his area were actively helping him getting recruited. Here's hoping he is the sleeper some think he is!
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Posted: 12/8/2012 12:45 PM

RE: New Commit - Marcus Oliver 


Reminds me of the Gehrig Dieter situation, although apparently without the "helicopter parent" factor. He mentions in the OSU blog article that he did not attend any of the camps between his sophomore and junior year, and the limited exposure might have been a factor in his ranking (or lack of such).

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