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Springdale Har-Ber's Oliver Nasilai one to watch
Junior middle linebacker Oliver Nasilai.
Springdale Har-Ber junior middle linebacker Oliver Nasilai is a promising prospect that’s seeing interest from several schools and will likely see more interest in the near future.
Arkansas, Northwestern, Virginia, Oklahoma State and Navy are showing interest, but Har-Ber Coach Chris Wood believes more is on the way.
“It continues to pick up as his junior film gets out,” Wood said.
Nasilai, 6-2, 236. 4.8 recorded 67 tackles, 4 sacks, 3 quarterback hurries, 2 pass breakups, 1 forced fumble and an interception asa sophomore.
“He’s been starting since his 10th grade year and he spot played as a 9th grader,” Wood said. “Now the game is even slower for him in the sense of seeing things. He’s just a different animal.”
He had 4 tackles,1 tackle for loss and an interception in a 47-0 victory over Fort Smith Southside on Sept. 2 and 3 tackles, 1 tackle for loss and a forced fumble in a 54-14 win over Jefferson City High School in Missouri.
“Jeff City checked all of their running game away from him,” Wood said. “He came to the sideline and he told our linebackers coach “Coach, they’re checking away from me on all runs. That’s why there’s not a ton of stats on him right now, because no one will run at him.”
Wood said Nasilai runs well.
“We took him to 7-on-7 and he would cover guys,” Wood said.
Alabama visited during the spring and was impressed.
“They saw him and they said that’s a typical Alabama inside linebacker,” he said.
Nasilai bench presses about 285 pounds and squats about 400.
“All of the years I’ve been up in the 7A West, I’ve never seen a Mike linebacker like him,” Wood said.
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