Junior safety Nate Oliver was supposed to head out to Notre Dame last weekend for their junior day, but the 6-foot-0, 195-pounder out of Lakewood (Ohio) St. Edward couldn't make the trip. Rivals caught up with the safety prospect to see what happened and what is going on in his recruiting so far?
"I was planning to go, but I had no ride out there so I didn't make it," he said. "I'm still really looking at Notre Dame along with Michigan and Ohio State. I'd say those are my top three."
Oliver holds one offer so far from Ohio State.
"They lead for me because I'm from Ohio and they've offered. I also grew up a fan of the team," he said. "I like Michigan a lot too though because of their defense and I know they are losing a lot of players. As for Notre Dame, I like them because of their tradition. I really started liking Notre Dame and Michigan's teams recently too."
The 2007 prospect plans to head to two other junior days coming up including Michigan on January 28th and Pittsburgh on February 25th.
Besides the schools he favors, Oliver is receiving interest from Boston College, Illinois, Penn State, Indiana and Minnesota.
What does the safety prospect want out of a school?
"Obviously I'm looking at athletics and academics," he said. "I have to like the people at the school and feel real comfortable with them. That's most important."
Oliver was all-county, all-league and second team all-state after recording 63 tackles, 15 for loss, one sack and one interception as a junior.