Ollison Nearing Decision

Buffalo (N.Y.) Canisius High running back Qadree Ollison is nearing a decision, and he spoke to FOXSportsNEXT about which schools are saying, and if he is still considering all five of his finalists.

Buffalo (N.Y.) Canisius High running back Qadree Ollison still has official visits to Pittsburgh and Wisconsin set for the first two weekends of the season, and he still plans on making a decision right after it.

Also, Penn State has made a strong push lately, and a return visit to the Nittany Lions' campus is possible, and Rutgers and Syracuse remain in contention as well.

"It's been very exciting but it can be stressful at times," Ollison said. "As the summer goes on, it gets harder and harder. As it gets closer, I think it will get tougher."

The five aforementioned schools remain on Ollison's radar, and he is not naming a leader. He plans on making a decision shortly after he returns from his official visit to Wisconsin, and he is toying with the idea of announcing on Sept. 8, which is his birthday.

"All the schools have great academics," Ollison said. "I'm looking at the type of offense they run. Every one of those schools run a pro-style offense. My relationship with the coaches and my chance to hopefully play early (is a consideration)."

Penn State has been in contact with Ollison a lot lately, and the message is they have a slot for him.

"That they want me there at Penn State," Ollison said. "For them to put me on a committable scholarship, they're very excited. They only have two scholarship (slots) left, and they're hoping an offensive lineman commits and myself commits. Those are some of the things they are telling me."

Ollison is from the same school that produced Nittany Lions fifth-year senior offensive lineman John Urschel, and the two communicate via Facebook.

"They've been sending him a lot of mail," said Ollison's father, Wayne. "I know he's talked to the coaches from Penn State, (running backs) coach (Charles) London and (assistant) coach (Stan) Hixon, and they're really seriously paying a lot of attention to him. They basically told him that they want him and that they're very interested in him.

"They said they had two scholarship (slots) left and one is definitely for him and they would wait until his commitment date for him."

Penn State is not the only school hard after Ollison.

"The five schools that are on his list have continued to pursue him. He still has visits set for Wisconsin (Sept. 6-8) and Pittsburgh (Sept. 1-2)," Wayne Ollison said. "With Pittsburgh, he wants to get down there. It's a great game, ESPN, and it's probably the biggest game in college that night.

"We haven't been to Wisconsin and I know Q wanted to get out there and see them and what they're all about."

Ollison is also paying attention to Rutgers and Syracuse.

"Rutgers was his first (BCS) offer and he really likes the coaching staff there," Wayne Ollison said. "He likes the way the program feels.

"Syracuse is close to home. It's only a few hours away and they said they want him."


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