Catching Up with Marcus Oliver

By Alex on February 15, 2012 at 10:00a
Oliver leads the Big Blue defenseOliver enjoyed his visit to Ohio State for Junior Day

We've brought you some insight from prospects this week who visited Ohio State this past weekend from out of state, but now it is time to let you into the visit of one of Ohio's own in Hamilton LB Marcus Oliver.

Oliver, standing at 6-1/225, is sort of a late bloomer for these days in recruiting for the class of 2013. While those who have heard about Hamilton are more familiar with 2013 OL Ben Flick, Oliver has flown under the radar a bit, but is starting to be known around recruiting circles as some major college football programs are taking notice of his talents.

It is no secret that Oliver is a fan of Ohio State's, but it was definitely a bit of a nice surprise to the rising prospect when he was invited to this past weekend's Junior Day by the Buckeye coaching staff. While things seem to be materializing much more quickly in the recruiting process these days as compared to past years, the third college visit for Oliver served as an opportunity to get better acquainted with the football programs and academics in Columbus, while also giving the coaches a chance to see him up close and personal and start to develop a relationship.

We got the chance to sit down with Marcus to discuss how his recruitment is going, how he enjoyed his Ohio State visit, what his future plans are, and much more. Join us after the jump to read more on 2013 Hamilton star, Marcus Oliver.

First off, how did your junior season go? How did your team do and how did your perform individually?

I had a good junior year. As a team we didn't play like we wanted to, but I can say the defense came to play every game. My individual year really surprised me. I had a great year.

How is recruiting going? Do you have any offers at this time?

Recruiting is slow for me right now. I'm a little bit behind and under the radar right now because I didn't go to any camps last summer. I don't have any offers as of this time.

Where are some of the places you have gone on visits? What other visits do you have planned?

I have gone to Indiana, Cincinnati, and Ohio State. I don't have any other visits planned right now, as I just go on trips when I am invited by coaches to their campuses.

You went to OSU's junior day on February 12. What did you do while in Columbus and how did you enjoy the visit?

At Ohio State it was just a normal Junior Day. I really, really liked it at Ohio State. I never really had any plans on going there, but now they are the top choice.

What coaches did you get to sit down with and what did they tell you?

I sat down and talked to Coach Tim Hinton and Coach Urban Meyer. Coach Hinton said at first he had no plans for me at all, but he really likes me and wants me to be one of the two linebackers they take out of my class. He said for that to happen I have to be one of the two best linebackers in the nation.

What did you like most about your OSU visit? Do you plan to get back there at all?

I liked everything-the stadium, the coaches, their plan and goals, and the overall program. If I get another chance to go up there, I'm for sure headed up there.

When do you expect to make a college decision? Do you have a list of "top schools" at this point?

I want to make official visits before I make my choice. I have a few schools I like such as Cincinnati , OSU, Indiana and Michigan State.

What is most important to you when making your college decision?

There are a lot, but being close to my family and distance from home will play a large factor.

What are your strengths on the football field? What do you want to work on heading into your senior season?

I am very smart on the field and I can do whatever a coach needs I like to play in the open field and just make plays. I need to work on my quickness and footwork.

Besides football what are your hobbies? What does Marcus Oliver like to do off the field?

I play baseball and basketball. I'm a part of the J. Kyle Braid program as well. It is a leadership program and we go help little kids. I really like working with little kids and helping with issues they face today such as bullying and character building.


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bassplayer7770's picture

Sounds like a good kid who would be a Buckeye in a second if offered.  I'm sure that will motivate him to work very hard.  I watched his 2010 highlights, and it does seem like quickness and footwork would be a good thing to work on, although he was a sophomore at that time.

Ethos's picture

sometimes its better to have the kid with the ability to achieve the talent (in other words mold him how you want) who really wants to be there, then the kid who already has the talent but is only there because we "won" him over. 

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Alex's picture

Kid will definitely land somewhere...I think an Indiana would be a great fit for both parties and MSU could definitely work as well....unfortunately I don't think he'll end up a Buckeye as spots are limited but this kid definitely has potential and I expect him to blow up a bit on the camp scene this summer

ThirdLegLouie's picture

Seems like a great kid. This is the second place I've read where the staff is only looking to take 2 LBs in the 2013 class. Makes Oliver's chances not look too good, given the elite prospects that are being looked at. 

Alex- On the topic of LBs for 2013, McCray was at a Junior Day in January I believe. Did you ever talk to him after, hear what the staff said to him i.e. they want him at camps, etc.? If not, any chance that could be coming in the future?

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Alex's picture

Apparently he wasn't thrilled he doesn't have an offer and could tell he was not "high priority" which I don't completely understand...the kid is definitely a player and WANTS to be a Buckeye....I trust the staff though and if they need to evaluate further or could get better players, that is fine with me....would hate to see McCray go to Michigan but I think if not OSU it will be Tennessee

RBuck's picture

He said for that to happen I have to be one of the two best linebackers in the nation.



I like this way of thinking.

Long live the southend.

bassplayer7770's picture

Amen.  They're making it clear they want elite talent and not "projects."  Many of these kids will undoubtedly use this as motivation to work very hard which will be better for them in the long run no matter where they end up.

Maestro's picture

Watching a lot of the defensive players' highlights I am always amazed at how many arm/finger tackles are made.  That's exactly why my shoulders are a disaster to this day, but I was not a great tackler.  It works when you are a superior athlete like most of the kids who have highlight videos, but it is something that won't cut it at the FBS level.  Rant over.

Best of luck to this kid.

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Buckeyejason's picture

Elite talent hasn't exactly been working for us as of late regarding the Linebackers..Belll, Sabino, Grant has a year or so to be judged. Getting underrated LB's that are smart and will bust their ass to be great seems to work better for us..Hawk, JL, Carp, Homan, Rolle...


BrewstersMillions's picture

Eh. I'll keep taking my chances with 4 and 5 star prospects. The odds of those guys becomming great are still better than the lower rated prospects. Our recent history indicates otherwise but on the whole, you win with talent.

Buckeyejason's picture

Possibly, maybe it was just a Tressel thing..we'll see.