Hamilton, Ohio linebacker Marcus Oliver came into his senior season under-the-radar, but two impressive performances to start his senior season has attracted new college attention, including from the in-state Big Ten program.
"Ohio State just called me two days ago," Oliver reported. "They said they heard I started off good and I guess they got the film. They said they are going to be calling me every week now.
"I kind of figured they got everything they need now, but if they are calling me they must have some kind of interest. Coach [Kerry] Coombs said to call and come to any game I want to come to. I will probably go up there in the next two weeks."
This Saturday Oliver plans to attend Miami-Ohio's game in Oxford. The Redhawks are the only program that has offered the 6-foot-1, 225-pound linebacker at this stage.
Other schools that are showing steady interest include Boston College, Indiana, Iowa and Western Michigan. Oliver took his first fall game visit last weekend to see the Hoosiers play.
"I went to the game, but I kind of got lost on the way there," Oliver said. "I made it to the game, but I didn't get to talk to the coaches. I had never been to a college game until then, and it was pretty cool."
Oliver's stat line reflects his dominance this season. Through two games he has already accumulated 35 tackles, two sacks, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries including one for a touchdown.