September 26, 2011
Dallas standout takes in College Station
Dallas Jesuit junior receiver Jake Oliver is off to the type of start that most pass catchers can only dream of. After snaring 85 receptions as a sophomore, Oliver has 48 catches in just four games for 692 yards and seven touchdowns which projects to a 120 catch, 1,500 yard season. Oliver's numbers on the field as well as his size (6 foot 4, 194 pounds) have already allowed him to command offers from Arizona, Baylor, California, Michigan, Mississippi State, North Texas, Texas A&M, and Texas Tech. He spent the summer visiting colleges across Texas and the Southeast and has taken unofficial visits to see two games already this season. His most recent trip was to Texas A&M last Saturday to see the Aggies take on Oklahoma State.
"I liked it" said Oliver. "It was pretty fun. They couldn't pull it out at the end. It was a great environment, though. We got there about 12:00 and got the tour of the Bright Complex. We walked out and got to talk to coach (Troy) Walters and a little bit to coach Sherman. I saw him for a minute and just told him good luck."
"Coach Walters showed us a little film on Jeff Fuller. It showed what routes he runs and showed how it corresponds with what happens in high schools and the pros. There's a couple of routes that they do that we do but their routes in college are longer, like a dig route is 18 yards and ours are 10 yards. A lot of the routes we run at Jesuit they run at A&M too."
At the game, Oliver talked to a couple of A&M quarterback commits in 2012 prospect Matt Davis and 2013 prospect Kohl Stewart.
"We (he and Davis) talk on Facebook but it was the first time that I had met him in person" said Oliver. "He's got my number and has called me once or twice. He congratulated me on how we are doing this year. We talk about our games on Friday and talk a little bit about A&M."
"The game was pretty good. The offenses were good. I thought A&M was going to win. Oklahoma State's quarterback was pretty good and he led them back from behind. We walked back to the athletic facility, talked to coach Walters, and left after that."
With two of the top receivers in the country on display at Kyle Field in A&M's Jeff Fuller and Oklahoma State's Justin Blackmon, Oliver was asked how much he watched them.
"I watched Fuller but I think A&M's impact player is Ryan Swope" he said. "When he's in doubt, Tannehill likes to throw to Swope. He is a Wes Welker type of guy. Blackmon started off slow but then he got going. Both had good game plans but Oklahoma State throws it a bunch and A&M has pretty good balance."
Oliver attended a Rice-Texas game earlier this season. He was asked if there were any other games he might attend this season.
"Nothing is set in stone" he said. "We'll see what's on the schedule. Most likely I'll see the Alabama-LSU game or an Arkansas game maybe. Nothing is set in stone."
Oliver has received lots of interest since September 1 when schools could contact him as a specific prospect. He was asked if any offers or new interest had come his way.
"I talked to coach Wyatt (at the Texas-Rice game) and he said that they were going to offer me" said Oliver. "That's the only one since school started. The rest came during the summer. There's a ton of people adding me on Facebook
Les Miles, all the schools from Texas and Oklahoma and Arkansas. Not all of them are head coaches."
"I've gotten a lot of mail. There's a big drawer full of it. I've got to find a bigger box. Texas has started writing me a lot. A&M, Arizona, Arkansas, Alabama, LSU, Oregon, Purdue, TCU, Baylor, Oklahoma
a bunch of different schools are writing me."
Do any of them stand out?
"All of the little front office girls at A&M decorate my name" he said. "Texas' letters are cool. They are shiny burnt orange. I like all of them. There's handwritten ones from A&M and Arizona."
Jesuit is 3-1 on the season with their only loss being coming at the hands of regional power Coppell. They face Richardson Berkner this Friday.
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