Friday, May 18, 2012
QB Kevin Olsen commits to Miami
By Corey Long
ESPN 150 quarterback Kevin Olsen (Wayne, N.J./Wayne Hills) gave an oral commitment to Miami on Friday. The 6-foot-2, 195-pound four-star prospect chose the Hurricanes over Auburn, South Carolina and Wisconsin.
"Miami just felt like the right place for me," Olsen said. "I am excited about playing under Al Golden, and I feel like he can bring Miami back to the place it was when my brother was there."
Olsen's older brother, Greg Olsen, was a three-year starter at tight end for Miami from 2005-2007. He is currently the starting tight end for the Carolina Panthers.
Kevin Olsen threw for 1,686 yards and 20 touchdowns in the 2011 season. He will be the fourth quarterback to sign with Miami in its past two recruiting classes. Olsen said he never felt pressure from his family and cited his relationship with Golden and offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch.
"No one in my family ever made me feel like I had to follow in my brother's footsteps," Olsen said. "I really enjoyed the time I spent with coach Golden and coach Fisch, and I think what they want to do on offense is a perfect fit for me."
Olsen is the No. 77 player in the nation and is the third ESPN 150 prospect to commit to Miami in the 2013 class. He also ranks as the nation's No. 7 pocket passing quarterback and the No. 2 player in New Jersey. He also has been selected to the play in the Under Armour All-American Game and the Elite 11.
In its 2012 recruiting class, Miami signed several top prospects, including Miami-area standouts Tracy Howard (Miramar, Fla./Miramar), Duke Johnson (Miami/Norland) and Deon Bush (Miami/Christopher Columbus).
"I've heard about all of those guys and I'm looking forward to meeting them on my next visit to the school," Olsen said. "There's a lot of good, young talent in the program right now."
Olsen said it's unlikely he will be an early enrollee. Other offers included Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Notre Dame, Michigan, North Carolina, Georgia, Rutgers, Virginia and Iowa.