Top QB recruit chooses Hurricanes
Wayne Hills junior quarterback Kevin Olsen, regarded as one of the top football recruits in the nation, told MSG Varsity's Steve Levy he has verbally committed to the University of Miami.
"It was a combination of things," Olsen said by phone on Friday. "It was a combination of liking the coaches a lot and liking the offense they run. And I think Miami is going to be back. I think they can get to where they were years ago. I think I can help them get back there."
The 6-foot-3, 195-pound Olsen recorded 1,686 passing yards and 20 touchdowns in 2011, helping the Patriots capture a second straight North 1 Group 3 championship. Now, he can focus on his upcoming senior campaign.
"I think it's a little bit of a relief," Olsen said of making his decision. "I didn't want the decision to be hanging over my head during the season."
Olsen chose the Hurricanes over Auburn, South Carolina and Wisconsin. His older brother, Greg, who plays tight end for the NFL's Carolina Panthers, attended Miami. That didn't have much of an impact on Kevin's decision, though.
"Contrary to what many people think, he didn't push me here. That wasn't the case," Kevin said. "He told me that at the end of the day, it's up to you and it's your decision."
Olsen is currently in the middle of a very active offseason. In addition to being elected to play in the Under Armour All-American Game in St. Petersburg, Fla. on January 3, he won the MVP of the Elite 11 regional camp in New York earlier this month.
Watch "Quick Bites" on MSGVarsity.com on Monday at 11:45 a.m. for Mike Quick's analysis and video footage of Olsen on his decision.
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