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WR Oliver commits to Texas

Updated: February 15, 2012, 5:05 PM ET
By William Wilkerson | HornsNation

The Longhorns picked up a crucial commitment from wide receiver Jake Oliver (Dallas, Jesuit) on Wednesday.

"The winning tradition, family atmosphere and feeling of home on the U.T. campus were key factors in his decision," Jake's father Gary said in a release.

Oliver (6-foot-4, 195 pounds) joins lineman Jake Raulerson (Celina, Texas/Celina) as the only two commitments for Texas in 2013. He picked up a scholarship offer early Sunday morning while in Austin for Texas' first junior day.

Oliver backed up a stellar sophomore campaign, in which he caught 85 passes for 1,302 yards and 13 touchdowns, with an even more impressive junior season when he caught 108 passes for 1,637 yards and 23 touchdowns to solidify himself as one of the best receivers in the country, regardless of age.

But his commitment to Texas should make the Longhorns happy for more reasons than his immense skill set. They managed to keep him away from their two biggest rivals, where he had ties to both. His father, Gary, played at Texas A&M, and his brother, Jackson, is a student at Oklahoma.

Oliver chose the Longhorns over offers from Arkansas, Arizona, Cal, Michigan, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, Clemson, Baylor, Texas A&M, North Texas, Mississippi State, TCU and Texas Tech.

William Wilkerson covers University of Texas football and recruiting for HornsNation.
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