Olivier Vernon, defensive end from Hialeah-American, (Fla.), is one of the best prospects in the…
Florida Defensive End Holds Over 20 Offers
"I have between 25 and 30 offers," said Olivier Vernon defensive end from Hialeah-America, (Fla.). "The big ones I remember are from Miami, Auburn, Alabama, South Florida, Illinois and N.C. State. I think Florida State, Florida and Georgia are close to offering me." "My favorites are UM (Miami), Auburn, Illinois and Florida State. I haven't visited any schools yet, but I plan to soon." Vernon discussed a couple of things he likes of his favorites. Miami: "I am a huge UM fan. I always watch them. I love the U." Auburn: "I really don't know much about Auburn. I just know they are always a good defensive team." Illinois: "The only thing I know about Illinois is how they did this past season. I plan to check them out more." Florida State: "Florida State is another school I have always liked. They have had a lot of top guys go there." The 6-foot-3, 230-pound defensive terror recorded 14 sacks during his junior season. He is recruited by all schools as a defensive end, and American head coach Ben Aarestad talks of his special talent. "Olivier has been a fantastic player for us. He has single handedly won games for us. He had about 14 sacks during his junior season and nobody could block him," Aarestad said. Vernon is aware of his strengths and what he hopes to improve before his senior season. "I feel like my strengths are my quickness off the line, my explosiveness and technique. I would like to improve on reading and reacting," he said. The south Florida product does not plan to make an early decision, and he knows the factors that will help determine his college choice. "I am looking for a school with a good defensive line coach," Vernon said. "I want to have a good relationship with him. I want to see how the talent he has produces during the regular season. I want to go to a school that wins games." Join the discussions on the national recruiting board (click here).
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