The 4th WR of the 2012 recruiting class has verbally committed to UND. Zach Oliver is a big, physical 6-4, 205 pound wideout from Omaha Burke High School and is the newest addition to a loaded class of receivers that will arrive on campus this fall as freshman at UND.
Omaha Burke competes in Nebraska’s biggest class of football and Head Coach Paul Limongi’s Bulldogs finished the 2011 season 12-1 after losing in the Class A State Championship Game at Memorial Stadium to Lincoln Southeast 21-9.
Oliver finished the season with 55 catches for 1,040 yards and 10 touchdowns in 13 games and was named 1st Team All-Metro and 1st Team All-Nebraska at the wide receiver position by the Omaha World Herald. The Lincoln Journal Star also named Oliver 1st Team All-State.
While Oliver is not a burner, he has shown repeatedly on film that he has the innate ability to go up and get the ball in traffic over smaller defensive backs and should develop into a huge asset downfield for the UND offense. He has also shown the ability to make moves in the open field to avoid defenders in 1-0n-1 tackling situations, which is very impressive given his size. It is very evident that he is already put together very well physically for his height.
Oliver ultimately chose UND over Illinois State and is the 1st addition to the 2012 recruiting class from Nebraska, the 4th addition to the UND roster from the Omaha metro area and the 5th overall from the state of Nebraska (Hardin, Brenneman, Adler, Jablonsky).