Vols land H-back in in-state target Oliver

Kyle Oliver

Tennessee football recruiting continues to roll along. Check out this story on another Class of 2015 prospect that declared his intentions to be a Volunteer. (Photo by Mike Strasinger)

The fence around the Volunteer State that second-year Tennessee coach Butch Jones speaks of continues to get higher.

The Volunteers added a verbal commitment from Kyle Oliver of Oakland (Tenn.) High School on Sunday evening, making him the eighth in-state prospect destined for Rocky Top.

"It's a blessing I have a lot of things going for me," Oliver told InsideTennessee. "I talked it over with my coaches and came down to a decision and I feel like it's the right one for me."

After visiting for "Orange Carpet Day" in Knoxville on Saturday, the playmaker returned home with plenty to mill over. Oliver passed on nearly 20 other scholarship offers in deciding to be a Volunteer.

"I just like how the coaches are running the program, and I'm from Tennessee," Oliver said. "You've got to rep the hometown."

Oliver makes the 17th commitment for Tennessee from the Class for 2015. He joins Oakland teammate and four-star offensive lineman Jack Jones as well as Blackman High School athlete Jauan Jennings as pledges from Murfreesboro.

"There's a lot of talent in Rutherford County and upcoming talent as well," Oliver said.

Being in the same offense on the collegiate level with Jones after their days as Patriots come to a close is something Oliver finds enticing.

"It's a blessing," Oliver said. "We have a real good friendship here at Oakland. Just knowing that we'll be able to play together the next 4 years is a blessing."

Tight ends coach Mark Elder was Oliver's lead recruiter for Tennessee.

"(Elder)'s a great person. I could tell by camp that I liked the way he coached," said Oliver, who received his Vols offer on Thursday.

Tennessee signed a pair of Scout four-star prospects for its 2014 class in Daniel Helm and Ethan Wolf. Oliver says he will be moved around Shields-Watkins Field as an H-back.

"I believe I can be a great asset for the offense. I'll be a big threat," he said.

Oliver says he's going to "enjoy my senior year" and will not be a January enrollee. Tennessee will issue the ‘Boro talent a National Letter of Intent to be signed and returned to Knoxville on Feb. 4, 2015.

Oakland is tentatively scheduled to square off against both Beech and Independence in the preseason before opening up its 2014 season versus District 7-AAA rival Blackman.

The talent-laden Patriots will pursue the school's fourth TSSAA state championship after taking home gold balls in 1984, 1998 and 2008.

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Danny Parker is currently the Managing Editor, Recruiting Analyst and Staff Photographer for InsideTennessee.com. He was previously the sports editor at Shelbyville Times-Gazette. He joined the Scout team July 2011.
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