Ollison Goes In-Depth on Rutgers Offer

Cansisius (Buffalo, N.Y.) running back Qadree Ollison received a verbal scholarship offer from Rutgers yesterday during an unofficial visit to campus. Spending much of the day on campus with the coaching staff, Ollison discussed the significance of a Big Ten offer in his recruitment.

By the time Qadree Ollison's visit to Rutgers came to an end yesterday, it was admittedly hard for him to keep a smile off his face. The Canisius (Buffalo, N.Y.) running back took his first visit to a BCS campus and earned a verbal scholarship offer in the process.

"I think I was probably smiling from cheek to cheek," Ollison said on his Rutgers offer. "I had the biggest smile on my face. It was a wild moment. Somebody wants to pay for my school. That doesn't happen a lot. That's always been one of my goals since I started high school – to go to college for free. They're investing in me to go there. I really appreciate it."

The 6-foot-1, 205-pound tailback had a 1-on-1 meeting with coach Kyle Flood, which is when he received an offer.

Ollison has relationships with multiple Rutgers coaches, but said the sit-down with Flood stood out about his trip.

"It was new for me," he said. "I'd never really been to a big college campus, a big football program. Buffalo isn't really a big college. Coach Flood is a great guy. He doesn't beat around the bush. He didn't really talk football with me.

"He wanted to know about me and told me about his life, where he comes from, where he grew up and his past. It was more rewarding than talking about X's and O's."

Ollison holds verbal offers from Buffalo and Nevada.

As a junior, Ollison ran for 25 touchdowns and 1, 876 yards for Canisius. Comfortable in a pro-style system, Ollison said Rutgers impressed him with the scrimmage atmosphere.

"They're a great school and moving into the Big Ten coming off of a championship," he said. "They're really on the rise and I think that I have a really good chance of going there and competing for a job at the running back spot. They run the kind of offense, pro-style offense, that I'm accustomed to. They run the ball a lot."

Ollison does not have any other visits planned but was told to come back any time and Rutgers would set up a visit to see academics and tour the campus. Ohio State, he said, will likely be his next stop but nothing is set up.

Ollison holds three offers but is not considering a decision at this time.

"That's one thing I definitely don't feel close to a decision," he said. "I understand what kind of process this is and that it's important to take your time and weigh your options."


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