Visiting this weekend, Kahlil Oliver of Meridian, Idaho is another under-the-radar athlete that Duck fans may learn to love in the next few years.
Oliver stands out as a 6-0, 185-lb. safety/linebacker who attacks the football and finishes plays. He's relentless. He takes on the quarterback, forces the pitch, then downs the pitch man. He blitzes with tenacity and blasts people to the ground.
An outstanding athlete, the senior from Rocky Mountain High School thrives on competition and rises to his best under pressure. His personal bests in the triple jump, long jump and 110 meter hurdles all occurred at the state or district championships last spring. At state he won the hurdles and finished second in the triple jump, leaping 21-10.5 in the long jump, good for 5th place.
He also carries a 3.65 G.P.A. and wants a major in the medical field.
High school coach Scott Criner told Rachel Roberts of the Idaho Statesman, “Khalil is very intelligent and very aggressive,” Rocky Mountain coach Scott Criner said. “He has a very strong football acumen. He is academically smart, and it transfers to the field. He’s very rare that way.”
As a junior league coaches voted him the Defensive Player of the Year in the 5A Southern Idaho Conference after he turned in 75 tackles, 5 tfls, and two interceptions, making the all-state team. He has scholarship offers to Boise State, Washington, Washington State, OSU and the Ducks.
His senior highlight film can be found HERE.
Just a few more days and we will have NSD behind us. I am ready for a positive surprise. Not concerned about Budda. Chris Peterson got to him and he is staying home. Lets move on.
Kirk Tucker is the real deal too. If you watch his YouTube highlights, you will see why Derek Mason was pursuing him for Stanford's D.
I hear we contacted him, and that he's a (former) teammate of Juwaan Williams. He is awesome in the open field.
He has the size at 6'2", and the speed at 4.6, and shows the instincts to make a great safety, with a little John Neal tutelage.
Eugene and Boulder are the best college towns in the PAC 12 . I had the time of my life there and I've had a fantastic life. From setting in the stands on a warm spring eveing at Hayward field to skiing on Mt.Bachelor to whitewater rafting on the McKenzie, Budda Baker knows not of what he speaks. His loss. But let's not let his misconception go unchalanged when others might be mislead.
Budda's comment is something that Oregon has to deal with when it comes to recruiting. It really does validate the lavish facilities the Ducks have to offer to offset the geographical downside that Oregon has. But what the program has grown to be over the years proves that Oregon has style and substance. If a recruit really feels like the lifestyle in Eugene doesn't work for him, Oregon probably isn't a good fit.
Budda's comment about dropping Oregon from his list of schools, " I don’t think I could live in Eugene for four years". You're right Budda, it's a living hell down here. Those pesky Indians attack every night about dusk and have been known to steal children. Everybody runs around naked down here in accordance with the hippie philosophy we all adhere to and everybody is high on marihuana. Newcomers are often stoned, spat upon and shunned. The sidewalks are rolled up at 9 pm every night. I pity the fool who has to move to Eugene. But you know what, Budda, I would chose Eugene over L.A. or Seattle every time and you would too, once you see what their really like.
@1971 duck grad Budda can ski Snoqualmie or Rainier, whitewater raft the Naches, avoid the driving rain and enjoy indoor Spring Track. Family medical needs keep him close to home. Fair enough. Both Eugene and Seattle are the Emerald Cities of the NW.
Newcomers are often stoned, and welcomed with open arms. (Sorry, your previous sentence set me up)
If family medical problems are the reason he reneged on his word, that's something else but why didn't he say that instead of sounding like he was trying to trash Eugene after they had spent a lot of time and money trying to show him some love. Looks like he wasn't worth the effort.
Interesting comments from all of you about Eugene. I think it's a perfectly nice town with a river and several parks. pretty and green, with four distinct seasons, mild and pleasant. The people are friendly and there's Track Town Pizza and a great chicken and waffle place downtown. But I get what all of you are saying also. The UO atmosphere and culture aren't for everyone.
@lexusduckI am with you. During that recruiting dead period too. What's up with that. Some coach got into his head because his mom loved Oregon. Even Budda said he had always been a Duck and he knew it for weeks before he officially announced. So yeah way fishy to me to.