Wayne Hills (NJ) High School coach Chris Olsen is a veteran football father. We’re sure that allows him to be a calming influence on his youngest son, blue-chip QB prospect Kevin Olsen.
According to recruiting guru Tom Lemming, who released his Class of 2013 Top 100 on Monday, Olsen is the 37th overall player in his class and the fifth-best quarterback. Rivals.com has him ranked as the seventh-best signal-caller.
Olsen is also the third of Chris Olsen’s sons to become a sought-after recruit. Older brothers Christian and Greg, a tight end at Miami (FL) and now the Carolina Panthers, came before him.
“It’s always humbling when it’s your kid,” Chris Olsen said, according to The Record in February. “But if I remove myself from that position and he was just a player of mine, I think when you watch him on film I understand what they’re looking at.
“I think he’s that good. I think that’s what they’re looking for.”
As The Record detailed, the elder Olsen is familiar with the process. In addition to being a high school coach, Chris Olsen watched Christian (Class of ’02) and Greg (Class of ’03) both commit to Notre Dame. Christian transferred to Virginia, while Greg left for “The U”; the fact that the brothers departed South Bend, their original choice, certainly should ensure careful consideration by Kevin Olsen when it comes time to make his decision.
According to CBSSports.com, the Hurricanes are considered front-runners for the youngest Olsen, who threw for 1,686 yards, 20 touchdowns with just six interceptions during his junior campaign.
But the 6-foot-3 Olsen (left) has drawn interest from many of the nation’s other football blue bloods, which reportedly includes Alabama and Oklahoma, and doesn’t seem to be in a rush to make his final pick. He also has fielded offers from Arkansas, Florida State and Wisconsin among a host of others that includes Rutgers – New Jersey’s state university.
The youngest Olsen told The Record that all the attention is flattering.
“It’s awesome knowing all these big-time schools are coming to see you,” Olsen told the newspaper. “When big-time schools like Alabama and Oklahoma start to come in to talk to my dad, it makes me even more excited about it.
“I didn’t really expect it to blow up like it did.”
CBSSports.com reported Wednesday that there’s a newcomer to the Olsen sweepstakes, Michigan State, which can sell to Olsen the benefit of a pro-style offense, the web site said, and perhaps the opportunity to play right away with stalwart QB Kirk Cousins gone for this month’s NFL draft.
A look at Olsen’s high-school highlights on YouTube (below) makes it clear that the QB would eventually earn playing time no matter where he decides to go. He has touch, accuracy and an ability to move within the pocket and outside it – in many cases, unleashing throws into tight spaces while on the move.
And he’s just getting started.
“There’s a lot of room for improvement,” Kevin Olsen told The Record. “There are a lot of games that I wish I could’ve made some throws that I didn’t make, but overall I thought I played all right.
“The biggest thing is getting bigger and stronger, working on my footwork and drops and play-fakes and stuff like that.”
Spoken like the son of a coach.