Olsen Loves Visit to Iowa City

The Iowa Hawkeyes have looked far and wide in this recruiting season looking for a QB, and until late November it seemed the search was everlasting. It now appears the Hawkeyes may have landed right on target with their efforts in landing Notre Dame commit QB Chris Olsen. Was his visit enough for him to possibly change his mind?

Chris Olsen, the #16 ranked QB by TheInsiders.com, and his family did not expect the trip to Iowa City to be what it was.

"It was a really good visit," Chris Olsen, Sr. said. "Let me tell you, we really enjoyed the town, facilites, coaches, and players. Everything was positive; there were no negatives about the visit."

Obviously, one of the bright moments of Chris's visit was during the Drake game when the HawksNest, 2,200 University of Iowa students, started chanting the name. This was the same procedure used when landing Reggie Evans and Blake Larsen.

"It was pretty exciting," Chris Olsen, Jr. said. "I was just getting up to leave and I heard the chants. The whole game was enjoyable and then going out with the players."

Redshirt freshmen WR Ed Hinkel and OL Blake Larsen served as Chris's hosts on the visit. Ed and Blake both turned down offers from Notre Dame to attend the University Iowa.

"They were both nice guys. I also hung out with Coach Ferentz's son and CJ Barkema. They told me I could have the nation's #1 OL blocking for me."

One question I asked Chris was if he really saw much of a difference between Iowa City and South Bend.

"Iowa City has more of a city atmosphere than South Bend with its downtown, but both towns revolve around their universities. Iowa has a great football tradition, too, with Coach Hayden Fry. There are no NFL teams in Iowa so everything is about the Hawkeyes. I have not taken an official to South Bend yet, so I have not gotten a chance to see everything they have offered, but I don't think it holds any advantages over Iowa City."

"Right now I'm just going to wait to find out who the new-new head coach is at Notre Dame. Someone from Notre Dame tried calling yesterday, but I was not available. I just want to sit down with the coach to see what he thinks about me, what type of offense he will try running, and just basically have a conversation with him."

The Olsen family also possesses another highly touted football prospect in junior Greg Olsen. Greg, a 6'6 230 TE/DE, will likely play football with his older brother, Chris.

"My brother had a basketball game so he was unable to make the trip. My dad will be coming out to Iowa City for a coaching clinic this summer and my brother will likely accompany him on the visit. I think that we will likely play football together."

Chris will be having surgery on his torn ACL very soon, and should be able to return to full health by May.

There is no doubt that all recruiting services will now have to put Iowa in contention for Chris's services. There has been no headliner to this class yet, but the addition of QB Chris Olsen could make a very compelling case!

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