Just when Kennesaw (Ga.) Harrison cornerback Paul Oliver thought things were going great, the Football Gods came up and struck him down with a serious injury.
"I tore my ACL in my right knee," Oliver, the 6-foot, 185-pound five star cornerback, said. "That's really bad. I just found out (Monday). It was kind of a freak thing. Nobody really touched me. I was going to hit somebody and my knee just got caught in the turf and popped."
And a suddenly very tough Oliver felt the pain.
"I'm a tough guy," he said. "But this has been pretty painful. It still hurts, and I've had it iced up pretty good."
Oliver will begin to work on re-had as soon as the swelling goes down before he has surgery some time here in the next two weeks.
"I've talked to the Georgia coaches and they've been very supportive," Oliver, who committed to the Dawgs quite some time ago, said.
"They said this is going to make me stronger in the long run, and I'm taking a positive approach, too."
In the mean time, Oliver will not turn to coach and Harrison's biggest fan this week.
"We still have a really good shot at state," he said. "I'm going to have to put my pom-poms on yell and cheer for the guys."
On the recruiting front, Oliver said he remains a solid UGA commit and will trip to Athens on December 13.