Commitment Analysis: Jake Oliver

Commitment Analysis: Jake Oliver

What does the Jake Oliver commitment mean for Texas? Read more inside.

In Oliver, the Longhorns hauled in the state's best wide receiver in terms of size, athleticism, blocking and production. Texas wide receivers coach Darrell Wyatt is working to build a unit full of hungry players who will block on the edge, run every route like it's their last and show a deep competitive strain, and Oliver first that description to a T.

First off, you watch his film and you can't help but be impressed with the kind of blocker he is. He doesn't just stalk-block well, he shows the ability to shadow the cornerback, sell the go route, then line him up and strike him. Oliver displays a nasty streak there, and it isn't unusual to see him put a cornerback to the ground.

Why did I list blocking first? Because under Wyatt, any receiver that wants to play early (or even play at all), is going to have to block. That's just as important as the other traits a receiver can show. But Oliver isn't a tackle playing on the edge, or a wide-out blocker in a wishbone offense. He's also the state's most productive player in the passing game, catching passes for 1,637 yards and 24 touchdowns this past year, on his way to earning All-State honors.

He's able to do that because he has great size, leaping ability and deceptive speed. He's much quicker than he looks, and actually has a great ability to make people miss for his height and length.

Then, add to that, that he's a technical route runner, somebody who understands setting up defensive backs' bodies, who is already adept at finding holes in zone defenses while running full speed and who seemingly has every route under the sun in his repertoire, and you have the state's best overall wide receiver, and Texas's top target at the position.

His commitment is part of the reason it wasn't a huge deal that the Longhorns didn't get any immediate commitments at Junior Day I. Several key players likely wanted to take their offers home, think about them with their families, and will elect to join the Longhorn class. Don't be surprised if Texas hauls in most of the visitors who made it to JD1.

The Longhorns have offers out to two other receivers at present: Ricky Seals-Jones of Sealy and Ra'Shaad Samples of Dallas Skyline, and if Texas could bring in all three, the Longhorns will have yet another outstanding class to pair with last year's group of Cayleb Jones, Marcus Johnson and Kendall Sanders.

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