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It took a little time, but Marcus Oliver of Hamilton finally found a home for him to play college football at next fall.
The 2012 GMC Defensive Player of the Year could not be happier with his choice to head to Bloomington and be an Indiana Hoosier.
Oliver, one of the most beloved players to ever lace 'em up for the Big Blue was incredibly productive. As a senior he recorded 135 total tackles, had 10 tackles for losses, forced four fumbles, recovered three fumbles, returned one for a score and registered 2.0 sacks in eight games on his way to earning Division I, Third-Team All-Ohio honors as a linebacker.
He was also a load as a running back rushing for 587 yards, averaging 8.2 per carry while finding the end zone six times in just five tilts out of the backfield. During his three years as a varsity starter he would amass 276 total tackles, force seven fumbles, recover seven fumbles, with 8.5 sacks and had interception and fumble recovery returns for touchdowns.
TSF caught up with a candid Oliver and asked him about his choice and the recruiting process.
TSF: Why Indiana? What sold you on the school?
OLIVER: Indiana is having a great recruiting class coming in. It is a great school, they have an amazing campus, great fan support and the coaching staff is wonderful. They really take the time to find what they want. Instead of just going and getting what they want, they get to know you and get kids that want to play for them. I built a great relationship with Coach Ekeler and fell in love with the campus and facilities.
TSF: Offers didn't start coming in for you until late in your career at Hamilton after being told as a sophomore you were going to be getting them soon. What was the hardest part about waiting for the offers to finally start coming in?
OLIVER: The recruiting process was very frustrating. I feel like, me working hard every day in practice, putting up numbers better than any linebacker in this area plus playing running back and all the special teams and never coming out. I just didn't know what else I had to do. I even got Defensive Player of the Year in the GMC and I only played seven games. I had better stats than last year. It had a weird way of working out. I couldn't be any happier it worked out the way it did, Who knows what could be going on with all these coaching changes? And I've found the school for me.
TSF: What has the Hoosier coaching staff told you that you need to work on in order to see playing time?
OLIVER: The coaching staff at Indiana doesn't promise anything, but they are going to give me a chance to start as a freshman. Like Coach Frey said "where in the rule book does it say freshmen can't be great?" I feel like I am good enough to start, and smart enough to play. I know I have the ability to play, I just have to get in the weight room and lift. With coaching and hard work, I know I'll get the job done and do what I have to. I'm ready to make great things happen, and be a part of something great.
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