Reversal: Olsen Picks Hawks Over Huskers

Seth Olsen knows he is taking the road less traveled and the road that might be more difficult. But in the end, a scholarship offer from the University of Iowa, a school that he referred to as "O-Line University" was too tempting to pass up. Olsen recently gave Iowa his verbal commitment and he comfirmed that with Hawkeyenation.com on Saturday.

"That is true," said Olsen of his commitment to Iowa.

Seth Olsen had previously committed to Frank Solich's Nebraska Cornhuskers. But Solich was fired at season's end and the coaching search undertaken by Nebraska that lasted more than 40 days allowed Iowa the chance to make an impression on Olsen.

He joined high school teammate and Iowa commit Adam Shada on an official visit to Iowa City just before the dead period prior to Christmas in December. Iowa then offered Olsen a scholarship shortly after Christmas and the rest as they say, is history.

"In the end, I chose Iowa because of the people they have. The coaches mainly, but I saw how well the players got along on my visit. They are all like brothers." Olsen said.

But Olsen was quick to point out that he holds nothing against his home state Huskers.

"I do not have anything against Nebraska. They are a great program and they will be fine without me, but I felt that Iowa was the better fit for me."

Olsen also saw how the Iowa coaching staff handled Shada back in October when Shada was diagnosed with a life-threatening blood clot and had to have a rib removed to help remedy the situation.

Iowa's coaches made phone calls and sent letters to Shada, telling him that once he made his commitment to their program, that commitment was binding as far as they were concerned, even when there were early doubts as to whether or not Shada would ever play the game again.

"That was amazing. If they did not do that, I would be shocked because they had committed to him. But everything he went through and for them to stick with him was great. It made me realize they are behind their players, even before they get to Iowa." Olsen said.

Olsen told us that he had his mind made up prior to his attending the Outland Trophy Presentation ceremony early this week when Hawkeye offensive tackle Robert Gallery was officially given the hardware.

But he said he was most impressed with what former Outland Award winner and Iowa native Chad Hennings had to say at the banquet.

"I thought the most impressive thing was what Chad Hennings said about Coach Morgan (Iowa's offensive line coach Reese Morgan). He basically gave him credit for all of his success and he only coached him in high school." Olsen said.

"It was cool to see how Gallery got along with Iowa's athletic director. I thought that was neat that they talked once in a while."

Olsen stressed that Nebraska has a great and rich tradition and that they would be fine without him, but he is very excited to be a part of ever expanding tradition at Iowa.

"That is very exciting. They are making Iowa ‘O Line University'. And for your head coach to be an offensive line coach is great."


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