With Early National Signing Day upon us, Syracuse Football is bringing in its newest recruiting class. A plethora of high school players are committing to Cuse, but that is not the only talent Dino Babers is bringing in on December 15, 2021. Safety Bralyn Oliver has transferred to Syracuse.
Oliver is transferring from Louisville where he spent one season but did not play. The South Carolina native originally announced he was going to Oregon State on November 22, but then decommitted and changed to SU.
Oliver was a three-star recruit last year and the No. 28 safety according to 247Sports. He committed to Georgia while in high school, but then flipped to Louisville later. The safety was a highly sought after recruit with 20 scholarship offers, which included Florida, Oklahoma, and Texas Tech.
In a conversation with Sports Illustrated Syracuse’s Mike McAllister, Oliver said it was his official visit to the 315 that sealed the deal for him.
“I had a great time; they showed me a great time,” Oliver said. “But at the same time, I wasn’t going up there just to have fun. I was going up there with questions. Once those questions got answered, I got the right answers to those questions. That helped me make the decision.”
Oliver is also close friends with current Syracuse defensive lineman Jatius Geer, close enough to include Geer in his announcement tweet. That relationship was one of the motivating factors for Oliver to come to Cuse.
“He played a big part in it,” Oliver said. “We’ve been going to school together since elementary school. Elementary school, middle school, high school and now college. That’s what we wanted to do. When we got the opportunity to do it, we had to take advantage of it.”
Oliver is 6-foot-1, 192 lbs. with solid footwork and speed. He has great instincts and flies around the field, always finding himself somewhere close to the ball. Oliver will need to continue to add some weight and can work on his open field tackling.
He is still young and has four years of eligibility remaining. If the Syracuse coaches can do what they have done with most defensive backs, Bralyn Oliver could be another impactful player at DB-U.