Iowa Takes Run at Ollison

Qadree Ollison is looking for a college that likes to run the football. The New York back got an opportunity from one on Tuesday when Iowa offered him a scholarship.

Qadree Ollison just was getting to know Iowa. The New York running back and the Hawkeyes had begun their relationship recently. Tuesday, the courtship moved to the next level.

Iowa offered Ollison a scholarship.

"It was definitely a surprise," he said. "I haven't talked to Iowa a lot. I sent them my highlight tape but it was a really big surprise." ranks the 6-foot-1, 225-pound Ollison as the 44th-best running back nationally in the 2014 Class. He is a three-star recruit, according to the service.

"(The Hawkeyes) think that I have very good vision; good speed; good size," Ollison said. "In the Big Ten, they like big backs. Coach (Chris) White said that's the kind of offense that I want to be in. I want to play in that type of offense with two backs."

White, the new Iowa running backs coach, watched Ollison's film, liked what he saw and got clearance from the rest of the staff to offer him a scholarship.

"My coach emailed their coach my video link," Ollison said. "From there, Coach White contacted me and told me they were very interested. (Tuesday), Coach White emailed me and told me that they were going to offer me a scholarship. I called him and talked to him and he did."

Ollison, who reports a recent 40-yard dash time of 4.5 seconds, is young for his grade. He'll turn 17 in September.

Rutgers, Nevada and home-town Buffalo also have offered Ollison scholarships. The Canisius High prospect also has heard from West Virginia, Penn State, Pittsburgh and Connecticut, among others.

"I'm going to the Penn State spring game next week," Ollison said. "I'm hoping to get an offer on that visit."

Ollison attended a junior day at Buffalo and took in a spring workout at Rutgers last week. He has planned a trip to Pittsburgh the week after Penn State.

Ollison spoke to his father about a visit to Iowa.

"I think we will get out there," he said. "I'll probably visit the schools within driving distance until my official visits. I'll use officials on places like Iowa and Nevada."

Ollison said distance from his Western New York home won't play a big role in his recruitment. He's not sure when a commitment from him may come.

"I would like to start getting it down at the beginning of our senior year towards the end of summer," he said. "That may change. I could wait until after my senior year."

Ollison is leaning towards a criminal justice major. He also is considering engineering or business.

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