Rocky Mountain High School senior safety Khalil Oliver has narrowed his list of potential collegiate football suitors down to three: Boise State, Oregon and Washington.
Oliver originally committed to former Boise State head coach Chris Petersen when he was still with the Broncos. However, following Petersen’s decision to accepted the head coaching position at Washington in December, Oliver decided re-evaluate.
"I de-committed (from Boise State) because I had to take my trips. I understand once you take your trips, they don’t hold your scholarship because they need to protect themselves in the recruiting process. I completely get that," Oliver said.
Oliver, who will make official visited to Washington (Jan. 17) and Oregon (Jan. 24), explained that there are a number of things that will factor into his ultimate decision, namely academics.
One thing that will not affect him though is the recent verbal commitment Boise State received from four-star safety Dylan Sumner-Gardner. The Under Armour All-American from West Mesquite High in Mesquite, Texas, flipped from Texas A&M to Boise State when Marcel Yates decided to leave College Station and become the Broncos’ defensive coordinator.
"(Boise State) called me right after the decision to bring (Sumner-Gardner) in and let me know that me and him aren’t competing for the same spot," Oliver explained. "We’re actually two different types of players and they plan on playing us at two different spots."
"They want both of us playing at the same time," Oliver continued. "Coach Yates wants to build an entirely new secondary and bring it back to what it was. He’s hoping that he can do that with me and (Sumner-Gardner)."
Oliver explain a slightly more detailed scenario that Yates presented him with. Oliver said he would play either free safety or strong safety with Sumner-Gardner manning the other safety position.
"I have no idea," Oliver said on which safety position he would fill. "I kind of left that up to them. We didn’t get that far yet."
(Sumner-Gardner sent this tweet moments after this story was posted on Monday.)
Considering Boise State ranked 89th in the country against the pass in 2013 (249.2 passing yards per game), the Broncos definitely could use some help in the secondary.
If Oliver chooses Boise State, he says he would look forward to making an impact playing alongside Sumner-Gardner.
"If we’re both playing on the field, I’d love to play with a kid with as much talent as he has," said Oliver. "That’s a great opportunity."
— Jay Tust (Follow on Twitter: @KTVBSportsGuy)