Georgia Tech’s Ramblin Wreck and cheerleaders lead the football team onto the field to start the before the start of the Georgia Tech season opener against the Wofford Terriers at Bobby Dodd Stadium on Saturday, August 30, 2014. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM

Tennessee safety and nickelback signs with Yellow Jackets


Position: ATH

Committed: Jan. 30

Height, weight: 6-foot-4, 198 pounds

High school, hometown: Oakland, Murfreesboro, Tenn.

Ranking: 3-star

What to know: Oliver previously committed to Mississippi State, but withdrew his commitment Jan. 16 because of defensive coaching changes. Oliver went on his official visit during the weekend of Jan. 28 and was one of four recruits on an official visit to commit. Oliver is expected to play safety and nickel back like he did with Oakland High School.


On if his official visit opened his eyes to committing to Georgia Tech: “It really surprised me, the school did. I didn’t expect the campus life to be like it is. You can actually have the college experience outside of the whole thing about it being in the middle of Atlanta.”

On if he knew he wanted to commit to Tech before his official visit: “No, I actually didn’t. … Seeing how campus life is, like I was hanging out with different players. My friend Gentry Bonds is an early enrollee, so I got to hang out with him down there and talk with him, and he just persuaded me, and we got it done.”

On the first impressions of his signing class: “I think it’s going to be a strong class. I know a lot of the other athletes, and I’ve seen their film, and I know what they can do. I believe that our class coming in will be strong.”

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