February 8, 2012

Ohio LB set for junior day visit

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The list of junior visitors at Ohio State on Sunday continues to grow and on Tuesday evening a sleeper linebacker from the Buckeye State was added to the list of expected attendees in Hamilton (Ohio) product Marcus Oliver. The 6-foot-1, 225-pound outside linebacker has recently popped up on the Ohio State radar screen and he's looking forward to his visit to Columbus.

"They came to the school and stuff but I haven't really got a chance to talk to them yet," said Oliver. "I'm just looking forward to meeting them and I want to see where I stand with them really. I want to get to know what their program is about now with the new coaching staff and with Urban Meyer, I'd love to play for him."

Oliver has been hearing from several Big Ten and Big East programs recently and says he has an early top three.

"Purdue, Illinois, Cincinnati, Indiana, Northwestern (have been by the school) and a lot of mail comes Nebraska, Wisconsin, and West Virginia," he said. "My favorite schools are Michigan State, Cincinnati, and Ohio State."

Oliver commented on what each of his three early favorites brings to the table.

On Michigan State - "Denicos (Allen) went there and I think they are just a great football team and they're close to home."

On Cincinnati - "Cincinnati was my favorite team growing up. When I went to their junior day, I really liked what their program was about, like their family unity and stuff.

On Ohio State - "Urban Meyer. Just playing for Ohio State would be exciting."

After his Ohio State junior day visit on Sunday, Oliver says he has two more schools in mind for unofficial visits in the near future.

"I think I'm going back up to Cincinnati and I'm supposed to be going to Illinois in a few weeks," he said. "I'm just trying to get to as many schools as I can."

Oliver is coming off an outstanding junior season in which he recorded over 130 tackles and was named a first team all-league and all-area performer.

"I think I play sideline-to-sideline really well," he explained. "I can get off blocks and I play well in open space. I'm just working my footwork really."

Oliver added that he plans to camp at Cincinnati, Michigan State, and Ohio State over the summer.


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