Immediately after Seth Olsen's visit to Iowa, people in the Husker Nation were unsure if there was cause to be concerned as the Hawkeye coaching staff had not yet offered Olsen a scholarship. Those concerns recently became legit as the Hawkeyes came calling on Christmas.
"Coach (Reese) Morgan called me on Christmas day and hinted strongly that he would be offering," said Olsen. "Then, Coach (Kirk) Ferentz called me the day after and extended the scholarship offer. I had thought I'd make a decision by the end of this week, but I don't think that will happen now as this is tremendously difficult."
What differences has Olsen seen between the two programs?
"Really, they are very similar on many levels. Nebraska has the biggest all sports weight room, but Iowa has the largest football only weight room. I really liked the coaching staffs of both schools, but now Iowa's is the only one remaining. Facilities is not the most important factor to me, anyway, compared to the people surrounding me."
Specifically, what was about Iowa's visit that put the Hawkeyes in shape to steal one away from the Huskers?
"I knew a few coaches heading into the visit, but then I got to know the entire staff. Combine the coaches with the people of the city, and they are all great. Iowa does a real good job of developing lineman, also. Plus, it doesn't hurt that I have a teammate going to play there next fall."
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Seth Olsen is becoming a very important figure on the Iowa recruiting landscape. Inexplicably, and for the second straight year, more and more offensive line targets are falling by the wayside as the Hawkeyes draw nearer to signing day.
The drama that has taken place in Lincoln with Nebraska down to its fourth, fifth or six head coaching prospect, depending on if you believe the media reports or Husker's AD, has certainly opened the door for Iowa with Olsen. He sees strong continuity on the Iowa staff and he knows the support that Iowa extended to his high school teammate Adam Shada after Shada's serious medical situation came to light in October.
With Jeremy Zuttah sounding like he might want to stay closer to home, Carlos Feliciano committing to Maryland before taking his Iowa visit and Kyle Mitchum still up in the air between Iowa, Ohio State and Michigan, landing Olsen becomes more important now than it was a few weeks ago when it seemed more like a possibly ‘luxury'.