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Trustin Oliver ready to wrap things up if offer comes
Technically, Trustin Oliver and Tate Wildeman are cousins. But when the two reference each other in conversation, they call each other brothers. It can be somewhat confusing, but it demonstrates how close their bond is.
“That’s just how we feel about each other,” Oliver said.
So when Oliver participated in the Huskers’ first Friday Night Lights Camp on June 15, Wildeman — Nebraska’s freshman defensive end — was standing on the sidelines. And Oliver, who worked out as a wide receiver and is listed as an athlete, certainly impressed.
“It was insane,” the Parker (Colo.) Legend standout said. “I just didn’t expect that many people to show up. … Just the coaching staff, really, how welcoming they are, and the players. That’s what it’s really all about and I really appreciate that.”
The 3-star prospect had conversations with offensive coordinator Troy Walters and coach Scott Frost throughout the day.
“I feel like I personally did pretty well,” Oliver said. “Besides getting held every single play, I caught every single ball I could. I tried to run all of my routes full speed and finish.”
Rumblings from the campers were that Oliver had to be on the verge of picking up a Nebraska offer. That’s how well he was playing.
“You never know what’s going to happen,” he said. “I can only control what I do on and off the field.”
The 6-foot-3, 180-pound recruit is the No. 115 athlete in the 2019 recruiting class and the 11th-ranked prospect in Colorado. He already holds offers from Utah, Colorado State and BYU.
I asked Oliver what a Nebraska offer would mean to him. His response: “I would have been a Husker already, just to tell you straight up. I told Tate that if they offered I would have committed.
“The [coaches] said they really enjoyed watching me,” Oliver said. “And that I was one of the best players up there.”
Oliver’s focus now will be to achieve a score on the ACT that will make him eligible. He also said he hopes a strong film from his senior campaign will help him net that offer.
Oliver didn’t play receiver for his first two seasons of high school ball — he was a quarterback — so he’s working on becoming more technical at the position.
“I know that I’m stronger than the DB in front of me. I know I’m faster,” he said. “When I first started receiver, I used to get hit in the chest all the time. [My chest] would be too high. I was just athletic. Now, I understand how to do a certain type of move to get off the line or just move the guy off me.”
No matter where this journey takes Oliver, he’ll always be a fan of Wildeman and Nebraska.
“I’m very proud of him,” Oliver said of his cousin. “He doesn’t know this, but I actually do look up to him. I think very, very [highly] of him.”
Jonathan Alexander waiting for offer
Junior college prospect Jonathan Alexander was one of the marquee visitors at the most recent Friday Night Lights camp. The Kilgore (Texas) College product enjoyed watching outside linebackers coach Jovan Dewitt and inside linebackers coach Barrett Ruud coach up the players during the event, which he watched closely.
“It was really good,” Alexander said. “I got to stand there and watch Coach Dewitt coach. I got to trail him, and I got to trail Coach Ruud.”
The venture left quite the impression on him.
“They know what they’re doing for sure,” he said. “You could tell Coach Ruud has high expectations.”
The coaching staff envisions Alexander as an outside linebacker in their defensive scheme, even though he is listed as a safety. The 6-3 prospect said the coaches complimented his ball schools and his hip flexibility when he worked out for them.
But an offer still eludes Alexander.
“I wish I could tell you,” he said when asked what he needed to do to earn that offer.
“From what I’m hearing, just from sources, somebody was telling me they have 85 scholarships and they used them all. What they’re trying to do is, they’re trying to free up a spot for me.”
Turns out, Alexander is eligible to join the Huskers for the 2018 season if the opportunity presents itself. But like he said, getting under 85 scholarships might prove to be a difficult task at this point. The Fort Worth, Texas, native also said everything is in order on his end academically to make that happen.
If that offer comes, and he is a take, Alexander will be a member of the Huskers.
“It’s the place I want to be,” he said. “I took my last visit Sunday to Texas Tech. I was like, ‘Yeah, I would definitely want to be at Nebraska.’ Out of all the schools I’ve been at, that’s where I had the most fun, that’s where it felt the most like family. I liked it a lot.”
Incarnate Word (Southland Conference) and Texas State (Sun Belt Conference) are his two reported offers at the moment.
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