Friday, June 24, 2011
Olson on N'Western: 'It just felt like the right fit'
By Brendan Hall
Buckingham, Browne & Nichols offensive tackle Eric Olson, the state's No. 2 prospect, spoke with ESPNBoston.com tonight and shared a little more insight into the verbal commitment he issued last night to Northwestern University.
Last night, the 6-foot-6, 270-pound Sudbury resident made three different phone calls to the Wildcats -- first to head coach Pat Fitzgerald, then to superbacks coach Bob Heffner and offensive line coach Adam Cushing -- issuing his verbal commitment after heavily deliberating between Michigan, Virginia and Boston College. For Olson, who most recently took an unofficial visit on May 21, it was the best mix both on and off the field.
"It just felt like the right fit," he said by phone. "When I visited there, coach Fitzgerald gave an unbelievable presentation on players' futures, and how they care not only about their football careers but what they do in the future. He said Northwestern is not a four-year decision, it's a 40-year decision.
"They have so many connections all over Chicago, coupled with the fact that they're competitive in the Big Ten, coach Fitz just signed a 10-year deal, they've been to a bowl game three years in a row, coupled with the fact that you can get a good degree at such a great place. It was the right fit."
Like most incoming offensive lineman, Olson expects to redshirt the 2012 season; but with the Wildcats graduating eight tackles over the next two seasons, it's possible Olson could get on the field early into his college career.
Olson will continue his four-days-per-week, three-hours-per-session summer training program at the Woburn-based Athletic Evolution training facility, but the Wildcats coaching staff want him to keep a slim frame to maximize his athleticism. Fitzgerald likes the way Olson could fit in his no-huddle, spread-oriented attack, with the ability to block and hook players out in space.
"They say they don’t do conditioning in practice, because they cover it during team periods," Olson said. "It's so uptempo."
Besides, Olson originally transferred into the Cambridge campus two years ago as a basketball prospect. So did he ever think in this, his third year of organized football, he'd be making this kind of a decision?
"Oh my God no," he laughed. "Seriously, it's pretty unbelievable."
EAGLES OFFER JOY
Chelmsford linebacker Tim Joy received a scholarship offer earlier today from Boston College after participating in the third session of its football camp, a source close to the situation told ESPNBoston.com.
Joy recorded 131 tackles (13 for loss) to go with two sacks and three interceptions for the 6-5 Lions, and was named to ESPNBoston's inaugural MIAA All-State Team. He reportedly ran a hand-timed, 4.72-second 40-yard dash today in the rain.
Joy has also been receiving varied interest from UConn, Maryland, Duke, Nebraska and Miami (Fla.). The Eagles have been courting Joy for some time now, and are believed to be his top choice.