Houston, TX | 6016 | 290 | 4.85E | 2020
Explosive off the snap, slips off blocks like he’s lathered in soap and is often able to split double teams. A ferocious force on the interior, with the ability to disrupt—had nine pass breakups and three forced fumbles to go along with 22.5 tackles for loss, playing as a nose tackle in a 3-4 defense during 2016. Has been described by former head coach Todd Herman as a ‘bowling ball with butcher knives.’ Swarms to the football on the field and embraces the leadership role off it. Tackles a bit up high, would like to see him get lower on ball carriers. Father and uncle both played football at Northwestern State. Has drawn comparisons to Casey Hampton. “I’ve seen guys take on double teams and split double teams and hold their own and do that but his combination of being able to finish plays when he’s getting doubled or finish plays when he’s on the move, I have not seen that,” said Cougars defensive coordinator Todd Orlando. Covers a ton of ground laterally and shows exceptional change of direction athleticism for a 300-pounder. His skillset can easily fit into any scheme at the next level.
2016: Started all 13 games for Houston as a true freshman … named First Team All-American by seven national outlets … led The American and finished second nationally with 23 tackles for loss … led all defensive linemen nationally with nine pass breakups … was second nationally among all defensive linemen with 47 solo tackles and was 13th among all defensive linemen nationally with 66 total tackles … his 66 tackles were second among freshmen in The American, regardless of position, and all freshmen defensive linemen nationally … had five sacks, which led all freshmen in The American while his nine pass breakups ranked fourth in the league, regardless of position.
High School: Five-star recruit by ESPN, Rivals, Scout and 247Sports … No. 1 defensive tackle in the state of Texas by Scout … No. 1 defensive tackle in the midlands by Scout … No. 2 defensive tackle nationally by ESPN … named second team All-American by USA Today … named the Scout All-Midlands Defensive Player of the Year … named to USA Today’s All-USA Texas Football first team … named all-district 15-6A in 2015 … named to the Houston Chronicle’s 2016 Top 100 list … ranked the No. 1 player in the Houston area by VYPE Houston … recorded 83 tackles, 20 tackles for loss, nine sacks, two forced fumbles and an interception as a senior … had 84 tackles and seven sacks as a junior to earn district 15-6A MVP honors … had 62 tackles, including 14 for loss, and one fumble recovery as a sophomore to earn district 13-5A Defensive Newcomer of the Year award … chose Houston over Alabama, Baylor, LSU, Mississippi, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Texas and Texas A&M among others … coached by Matt Meekins at Westfield HS.
Personal: Younger brother of senior Marcus Oliver.