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Jake Oliver breaks Texas receiving record

10/20/2012

Jake Oliver had his eye on a big record all season long. Last night, he broke it.

The Dallas Jesuit receiver rewrote the record books on Friday, surpassing former Longhorn Jordan Shipley’s state record of 264 career receptions.

Oliver, a longtime Texas commit, caught 15 passes for 174 yards against Lake Highlands to set the new record at 274 and counting.

“It means a whole lot,” Oliver said. “Shipley is one of the best ever, and he’s known as one of the best players to ever come through Texas. I’m just honored to have my name up there with him and I hope I can do what he did in college and keep that legacy going.”

Despite the big night, Oliver didn’t exactly go home happy. Lake Highlands, which features fellow UT pledge Kent Perkins, won the game on a 44-yard field goal with time expiring to knock Jesuit to 5-2 on the season.

Oliver also took a hit to the head during the game and had to get stitches on his left ear on Saturday morning. But he’s had his eye on this record since the start of his senior season, and Oliver was proud to finish the job on Friday.

“It was a great honor,” he said. “I wish we could’ve won but I’m happy with the way we fought and battled. I’m just blessed to have broken the record.”

Shipley set the record from 2000 to 2003 while playing at Rotan and Burnet. Behind him at No. 3 all-time is current Oklahoma receiver Trey Metoyer, who had 259 receptions at Whitehouse.

Oliver’s current record of 274 is good for No. 7 in the national record books for all-time receptions.

Christopher Fulmer holds the national record with 329 catches at Nitro (W.V.) High School from 2002 to 2005. Oliver is five catches away from surpassing Cincinnati Bengals receiver A.J. Green on the all-time list.

Is 329 within reach for Oliver? He knows it won’t be easy, but he’s got a new goal now.

“I’m looking to get plenty more [receptions],” Oliver said. “We’re just going work as hard as we can. The most I can get depends on if we go deep in the playoffs. That’s our goal.”