Stanford QB coming to Clemson

Clemson has added a commitment from Stanford senior quarterback David Olson, who will complete his final season of eligibility as a graduate student.

QB David Olson Profile

A graduate of Irmo High School, Olson appeared in just one game during his four-year Stanford career and did not attempt a single pass.

With a degree in Management, Science and Engineering from Stanford, Olson will be eligible to play immediately at Clemson.

"I sent Clemson a release and introductory e-mail when the news broke about the quarterback situation after the spring game…I thought there might be a good opportunity to come in and contribute," he told CUTigers on Wednesday night.

A week after the initial contact, he heard back from the Clemson coaches. The interest was mutual, so a visit was scheduled for Wednesday.

"I went there and had a great visit today. This all happened today. I got shown around the campus by coach [Jeff] Scott. He was great. Then, we met with coach [Dabo] Swinney by the end of the visit. That was an experience. I really liked him. Everything felt great. He offered and I accepted and committed right there on the spot.

"I couldn't be more excited."

Olson will enroll at Clemson for Summer I, which begins on May 14.

"So I'll be able to get in with the guys, workout with them and get to know my brothers, teammates for the next year and throw with them and, hopefully, be in a good position to contribute come fall," he said. "It was made very clear about their situation that Cole [Stoudt] is the starter, but they needed another guy on the roster.

"With me, I'm going to compete and prepare like I'm the starter. I'm going to do everything I can to be the best player I can be. That was an exciting opportunity for me, to come in and be apart of the Clemson family."

In high school, Olson was first committed to Princeton, but a coaching change prompted his decision to look elsewhere. Shortly there after, then Stanford head coach Jim Harbaugh came calling.

After the Cardinal won the Orange Bowl that season with Andrew Luck under center, Harbaugh moved on to the 49ers.

"I got to be around him and coach Harbaugh that first year. It kind of set the tone for what success looks like and what I needed to do, to get to that level," Olson said, "So that was the best thing for me right there."

At Clemson, Olson will major in Youth Development Leadership. Top Stories