Arkansas makes Strong Impression on John Oliver

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By Otis Kirk

Helena-West Helena Central Class of 2020 running back John Oliver was at Arkansas on Saturday to attend a Prospect Day.

Oliver, 6-2, 248, is hoping for an Arkansas offer. Following the visit, he talked about how it went.

“It went great,” Oliver said. “I got to see the coaching staff and how they do things around here. I got to see one of my favorite running backs’ gear, accomplishments, trophies and stuff. I got to meet some of the football players. It was great.

“I got to meet a lot of folk I haven’t seen before. It was just great. I want to make this my home and come back and get an offer. I’m ready to play here and bring back Arkansas Football. I’m gonna stick with that because that’s my dream.”

As a junior, Oliver rushed 102 times for 452 yards and eight touchdowns while catching three passes for 39 yards and a touchdown. He was part of a backfield that had five players rush for a 100 yards or more last fall. He is getting recruiting attention and hoping it leads to offers.

“Just praying to God and just going out every day grinding off the field and on the field,” Oliver said. “I’m getting all this attention because of God and I keep grinding. Now is my time to shine my senior year.”

What really stood out to you during the visit to Arkansas?

“It was very great,” Oliver said. “It made me feel like a better player because I came here the first time, met a lot of folk and met the coaches and now when I leave here as soon as I get home get back to the grind to better and stronger.”

Oliver talked about the Arkansas facilities he was seeing for the first time on Saturday.

“I had did a lot of research on them on Youtube watching videos and stuff, but now I got to see it face to face with my own eyes it was way wonderful and great,” Oliver said. 

Oliver helped the Cougars to a 9-3 record. They lost to Dumas 20-12 and Hamburg 34-32 in the regular season and then again to Dumas 34-30 in the state playoffs. Among the wins was a 60-36 victory over Warren. In the playoff loss to Dumas, Oliver had 12 carries for 54 yards rushing and caught a 15-yard touchdown pass. 

Oliver recently attended a football combine in Dumas. 

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