OWASSO — Owasso's Cameron Oliver has no shortage of Division I offers.
Louisiana-Monroe, Memphis, New Mexico, Ohio, and Rutgers have all offered scholarships to the 6-foot-4, 235-pound tight end.
The only problem, all of those schools are at least 400 miles away from home for the No. 22 player on The Oklahoman's class of 2014 Super 30 list.
“I'm waiting for more opportunities because I want to stay closer to home,” Oliver said. “I would say Rutgers is my No. 1 right now, but I don't really want to go 21 hours away. I'm keeping my options open as of now.”
Another important part of the equation for Oliver is the possibility of playing with Owasso teammate, and fellow Super 30 member, John Cole Neph (No. 27).
“We're best friends and we've talked about how we want to go to school together,” Oliver said. “I've had some contact with K-State coaches, and he's got an offer from them, so that's one of those places that if they do offer me it would make things pretty easy for us.”
Other options closer to home include Oklahoma State and Arkansas. But a couple of unlucky breaks for Oliver reduced the chances of those schools extending an offer.
“They (OSU) talked to me right after my junior season,” Oliver said. “But they don't use a tight end anymore. They're looking for smaller and quicker guys, which I can't compete with.
“I went to a camp at Arkansas this summer. They've recruited me a lot. I ran a (40-yard dash) in 4.76 there, so for a tight end I had pretty good speed. I pulled my hamstring right after that, and I didn't get to compete the rest of the day. I was pretty bummed about that, but their tight ends coach (Barry Lunney Jr.) has stayed in touch and wants me to come back.”
Oliver lists Arkansas, along with Kansas State, as one of the schools that would be tough to turn down if an offer is extended.
“If I got an Arkansas offer that would be pretty cool and it'd be an option closer to home,” Oliver said. “K-State is one of those places too, that if I got an offer from, I might commit on the phone before the call is over.”
Wherever he ends up, he'll be bringing with him a complete skill set for the tight end position. The Rams used him primarily as a blocker in his junior season, but he proved to be an explosive receiving option while averaging 23.3 yards per catch.
“All tight ends in their minds think they're receivers,” Oliver said with a laugh. “So I think of myself as a receiver, but that's not any sort of slight to my blocking.”
No. 22: Cameron Oliver
Position: Tight end
Recruited by: Louisiana-Monroe, Memphis, New Mexico, Ohio, Rutgers