Ollison Surprised by Maryland Offer

2014 Canisius (Buffalo, N.Y.) RB Qadree Ollison has seen his stock skyrocket with the beginning of the spring evaluation period, picking up five offers in just two days including one from the Terps. Ollison talks about the recent surge in his recruitment here…

It has been a busy spring for 2014 Canisius (Buffalo, N.Y.) running back Qadree Ollison, who has been causing a buzz on the recruiting trail.

Going into the spring evaluation period, Ollison had offers from Iowa, Nevada, Buffalo and Rutgers but after one week he collected offers from Wisconsin, Maryland, Syracuse, Pittsburgh and Cincinnati.

The Buffalo area running back had sent a lot of tape out during the offseason but he was not expecting so many offers so quickly. While Ollison had been talking to Pittsburgh and Cincinnati, he was a little surprised to find out about his offers from Wisconsin, Syracuse and Maryland.

Maryland defensive coordinator Brian Stewart was at Canisius to scout a different player when the 6-foot-1, 225-pound Ollison caught his eye.

Canisius head coach Rich Robbins, informed Ollison of his Maryland offer on Wednesday.

"The Maryland one was a big surprise, " Ollison said. "I haven't really been in touch with them, but I was excited to hear from an ACC school."

Ollison admits he is not too familiar with Maryland but he has seen them play a few times.

"I have watched a couple of their games on TV," Ollison said. "Their uniforms are really sweet, I really like those."

With the recent influx of offers, Ollison has not had much time to let things sink in.

"My dad and I haven't had a chance to sit down to look at everything yet," Ollison said. "We'll sit down and go through the rosters to see who they have and see how old they are, if they are going to be there for a couple years."

Ollison has already identified a few key pieces of criteria that he is looking for in his future program.

"The most important thing to me is they have good academics," said Ollison, who plans to major in either business or criminal justice. "Next is the type of offense I liked to play in and then if I can play within my first two years there. I don't want to have to wait three or four year until I can play," Ollison said. "I am fine with being redshirted but I do want to play fast and get on the field."

As far as visits are concerned, Ollison plans to check out Penn State on April 19 and will visit Pitt next weekend. He could potentially make a trip out to Ohio State in June as well and hopes to hit a few more campuses between now and the end of summer.

At this point Ollison is not singling out any favorites but he hopes to narrow his list down after taking some more visits.

"I kind of want to be done with it by the end of the summer, sometime before my senior season," Ollison said. "If that doesn't work out or I don't have the offer that I want I would extend it (the decision) a little longer. ‘'

Last season, Ollison rushed for 1, 867 yards and 26 touchdowns.

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