On the heels of possibly needing to re-evaluate his plans for the future, West Virginia Sports Now reached out to Cincinnati commit Nick Oliveira after he received an offer from WVU.
Luke Fickell deciding to leave Cincinnati to become the head coach at Wisconsin sent shockwaves through college football, especially the Bearcats program as they prepare to transition into the Big 12. The departure of a head coach can mean losing recruits who were bought in with the intentions of playing for that coach. This was even brought up while WVU was debating whether or not to retain Neal Brown.
When asked about if the change in the situation at Cincinnati, Oliveira did not waver in his commitment, but also expressed that he is keeping his options open. “I’m still committed. However to protect myself incase of anything, I’m talking to other schools and seeing other options,” said Oliveira.
If Oliveira were to de-commit, it does appear that the Mountaineers could have a real shot at landing the 4-star offensive lineman product out of New Jersey.
“Great program. Develop guys to make it to the NFL. I was super happy when they extended an offer,” Oliveira offered as his thoughts about West Virginia football.
One thing that’s for certain is Oliveira will have plenty of options. He revealed that the schools he was mostly strongly considering before eventually committing to Fickell and Cincinnati were Boston College, Penn State, Syracuse, Vanderbilt and Oregon.
Regardless what happens, hearing high praise from a prospect the caliber of Oliveira is a good thing for WVU as the program attempts to get itself to glory with a new athletic director and Brown still at the helm.