As Missouri was hosting some last-second visitors for the 2018 recruiting class, the program also hosted a potential transfer: former Oregon safety Khalil Oliver. On Thursday, he announced that he would be returning to Columbia pretty soon.
Excited to finally announce I’ll be continuing my playing career and furthering my education at the University of Missouri pic.twitter.com/re5FruL6E8— Khalil Oliver (@Deramus26) February 8, 2018
Oliver was a three-star recruit from Meridian, Idaho, in the 2014 class and worked his way into the rotation in 2015. Over 25 games, he recorded 54.5 tackles, three tackles for loss, and five passes defensed.
- 2015: 13 games, 19.0 tackles, 0.5 TFLs, 1 INT, 1 PBU
- 2016: 12 games, 35.5 tackles, 2.5 TFLs, 1 INT, 2 PBU
He injured his ankle in the first week of the 2017 season and announced he would be transferring in late-September.
Oliver fills a need. Senior-to-be Kaleb Prewett was recently suspended, and his status with the program is uncertain at best. While Mizzou played three true freshman safeties in 2017 and returns quite a few players with at least a little bit of experience, Prewett’s potential absence removed a senior leader from the equation. Oliver will join a playing time competition that includes senior Cam Hilton, juniors Ronnell Perkins, sophomores Josh Bledsoe, Tyree Gillespie, and Jordan Ulmer, and maybe nickel back/linebackers TJ Warren and Tavon Ross as well.