Louisville football: Three sleepers from the 2021 signing class

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S Bralyn Oliver

It is not typical that the 4th highest rated player in a class seems to be undervalued and appreciated. But, the hype around Benjamin Perry at the safety position has driven the amount of interest in Oliver down amongst fans.

Oliver did not play in 2020 for Hough High School in North Carolina due to Covid preventative measures.

The 6’2″ 195-pound safety possesses a rare skillset that seems to be a picture perfect match for one specific position on defense. In a world of “position-less” players, Oliver is well-positioned to play free safety for the Cardinals.

Oliver has a rare height, weight, and speed combination that is sure to help him succeed at the next level and as an early enrollee in January, Oliver will have the chance to prove he belongs right away.

He has experience playing corner in high school where he succeeds on plays where he can break on the ball and use his length and strength to impact the game. Oliver is a natural ballhawk that looked like a man amongst boys in high school as a junior.

Because of Oliver’s height, weight, and speed, it gives him an opportunity to have an extremely high ceiling with little athletic limitations to speak of. His natural ability to find the football and cover a ton of ground on any given play is something any free safety should possess. His fit is excellent for that reason.

Look for Oliver to push for playing time sooner rather than later.