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Football Recruiting: 4-star linebacker Collin Oliver commits to Oklahoma State

The Cowboys land the highest rated player of their 2021 class so far.

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It’s been a good week for Oklahoma State as the Cowboys landed their fourth defensive prospect for the 2021 class.

Four-star inside linebacker Collin Oliver of Edmond (Santa Fe), Oklahoma, announced his commitment to OSU on his Twitter account Friday.

Oliver — a 6-foot-2, 220-pound linebacker — picked the Cowboys over offers from 19 other schools, including a previously announced top eight of OSU, Arkansas, Iowa State, Nebraska, Ole Miss, TCU, Texas Tech and Utah. Georgia, Oregon and Tennessee were also among the schools that offered.

247 Sports ranks Oliver No. 221 nationally, No. 15 inside linebacker and No. 4 player in the state of Oklahoma for 2021.

Oliver is a multi-sport athlete in both football and track and field. Gabe Brooks, 247 Sports Midlands Region Recruiting Analyst, grades Oliver as an eventual Day 3 NFL draft pick.

“Good size and frame that fits an inside/middle linebacker projection, but could also fit on the edge in the right situation,” write Brooks. “Quality experience in multiple alignments, including three-point and four-point stances, as well as edge and traditional off-line linebacker. Quick off the ball when playing on the line. Generally a solid tackler with strong hands. Closes well in pursuit, whether vs. run or as a rusher. Dangerous coming from the backside. Flashes natural pass-rush feel from multiple spots.”

Oliver played just six games during his junior season, but still managed 30 tackles, including two tackles for loss, and two sacks, force three fumbles and one interception. Those came after a sophomore season that saw him total 56 tackles (six TFLs) and three sacks.

Oliver is the fifth member of OSU’s 2021 class and fourth defensive player, joining safety Ty Williams, linebacker Kolbe Fields and athlete Raymond Gay, who is expected to play cornerback.