John Olmstead

2019 OT John Olmstead grew up wanting to play in the Big Ten, and now has a chance

Metuchen (N.J.) St. Joseph's offensive tackle John Olmstead, a class of 2019 prospect, has a fondness for the Big Ten.

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When Rutgers became the first school to offer class of 2019 offensive tackle John Olmstead in late January, it was quite fulfilling given his goals.

The 6-foot-5, 280-pound Olmstead, who plays at Metuchen (N.J.) St. Joseph's, wants to play in the Big Ten.

"I always grew up watching Big Ten football," said Olmstead, who lives 10 from Rutgers, in North Brunswick. "That's really all I watched when I was little. My home school is in that conference. I really like that conference."

Olmstead's fondness for the Big Ten shows in the visits he plans to make, and camps he plans to perform in. He will be at Minnesota this weekend, and more trips are in store.

"I want to go see Maryland," he said. "I want to definitely look at Purdue. I want to see Northwestern. I definitely want to see Notre Dame. I'll probably be attending most of those schools' camps this summer."

Add in Penn State as well. He was going to visit campus last month, but could not make it so he is planning a spring trip.

"(Offensive line) coach (Mat) Limegrover has been in contact with my coach," Olmstead said. "I plan to go there in the spring and summer. It's pretty close and I always see them on t.v. They just won the Big Ten championship, too."

The school Olmstead knows the best is Rutgers, and for good reason.

In addition to the proximity, he already made a handful of visits to campus in the last year, and a former teammate, Nick Krimin, plays for the Scarlet Knights.

"He tells me how much he loves the program," Olmstead said. "Coach A.J. Blazek, who is the offensive line coach there, is recruiting me. I like him a lot, and (Krimin) says he likes him a lot, and he loves it there, and how much fun big-time college football is.

"(Blazek) is a real fun, outgoing, excited guy. He's excited about football. He's all about hitting and football and stuff like that. He is really excited about the game."

Olmstead is also building a relationship with coach Chris Ash, who is beginning his second year at Rutgers.

"Coach Ash is doing a really good job," he said. "They have a brand new (weight room) and they've put a lot of money in there and are getting a lot of new stuff. The program looks like it is really going to be good in the future. I like what he is doing over there. It's really great."

Minnesota has a Rutgers connection in former Scarlet Knights defensive coordinator Joe Rossi, who is now working for former Rutgers receivers coach P.J. Fleck, who is the Golden Gophers' head coach. Rossi recruited Krimin to Rutgers.

"Joe Rossi is the guy I've been talking to," Olmstead said. "It's a Big Ten school, and I want to play in the conference. They had a pretty good year, and I think they're going to be a pretty good football team in a few years. I want to go check it out. Coach Rossi was talking to me and telling me (Fleck) is doing a great job."

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