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OSU football: Collin Oliver commits to Cowboys, continues Edmond Santa Fe pipeline

EDMOND — Collin Oliver feels right in orange and black.

Edmond Santa Fe High School’s latest star linebacker committed to Oklahoma State on Friday afternoon. 

“The fit was just right, it’s close to home and they have literally everything I wanted in a school — the program’s successful, great players, great coaches, great atmosphere,” Oliver told The Oklahoman. “It’s just a right fit.”

A highly-recruited outside linebacker, the 6-foot-2, 220-pound junior rapidly developed into a force. Coming off a junior season hampered by injuries, he’s a four-star prospect on 247Sports.com and a three-star recruit on Rivals.com.

Oliver chose the Cowboys over finalists Arkansas, Iowa State, Nebraska, Ole Miss, TCU, Texas Tech and Utah. He announced his final eight on April 3, but he received nearly a handful of scholarship offers afterward, slowing his decision.

“The coronavirus changed my view on it,” Oliver said about his recruitment. “It ended up making me want to commit late at first, but as time went on I wanted to get it done early.”

Oliver is the third Edmond Santa Fe defender in four years to choose the Cowboys.

Linebacker Calvin Bundage first chose OSU on National Signing Day in 2016. In 2018’s early signing day, linebacker and defensive end Trace Ford signed with OSU.

“The reality is truly that when our guys have come home after being at Oklahoma State, they talk about the family atmosphere,” Edmond Santa Fe defensive coordinator Chris Rose said. “These guys are close-knit that come through. Our guys that are there spend time with our kids on the weekends. 

“It didn’t have to do with Oklahoma State as much itself as they loved being where they’re at and our kids bought into that.”

Bundage started the pipeline with his signing-day decision four years ago.

He immediately had an impact as a freshman for the Cowboys, offering other Edmond Santa Fe players a glimpse of being a local star.

Bundage was on TV. He was the focus of local stories. He was constantly returning to his alma mater.

And Oliver, then in middle school, certainly took notice. 

He often watches Bundage’s film from high school on gamedays to get pumped up.

“Because that dude, he was crazy in high school,” Oliver said. “He had a vicious mentality.”

Now, Oliver sees himself more and more in Ford’s game.

Like Ford, Oliver will play in the Cowboys’ Leo position, the hybrid linebacker and defensive pass-rushing spot. It’s a position that has become integral in Edmond Santa Fe’s defense, which has opened up the pipeline even more to Stillwater.

“You can free roam, you can do all that,” Oliver said. “That’s what I loved about it. That’s personally why I think all the defensive players from Santa Fe go to O-State, because most of us are linebackers, defensive ends and we can play both.”

Related Photos
Edmond Santa Fe's Collin Oliver during a football scrimmage at Carl Albert, Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]

Edmond Santa Fe's Collin Oliver during a football scrimmage at Carl Albert, Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]

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Jacob Unruh

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