March Recruiting Update: QB's

Read on for the latest recruiting news and information at the quarterback position.

When Al Golden got the Miami job about 15 months ago the Hurricanes were low on quarterbacks. He was looking at starting spring football with just two guys on scholarship -- Jacory Harris and Stephen Morris. They accepted a transfer from Ryan Williams (Memphis) and that gave them some more competition.

Recruiting quarterbacks was a major priority in the 2012 class and they went out and signed three of them. Two are already enrolled and competing in spring football. Golden said on National Signing Day that, ideally, they'd like to have five scholarship quarterbacks on the roster at all times.

The 2012 roster will feature five -- junior Morris, sophomore Williams, and three freshmen. Signing a quarterback in the 2013 can't be considered a major priority, unless they can get an elite guy.

There seems to be two elite quarterbacks out there in the eyes of UM's coaches. They made very early offers to Kevin Olsen and Christian Hackenberg.

Hackenberg (6-foot-3 and 205 pounds) is a strong-armed gunslinger from Fork Union Military Academy. He showed a little interest in Miami early on but committed to Penn State last month so he seems to be off the market.

The top priority, by far, seems to be Olsen. At 6-foot-3 and 190 pounds, the Wayne Hills (NJ) standout is the younger brother of former Hurricane tight end Greg Olsen.

Olsen is a pro-style quarterback with a strong arm, plus athleticism, and a great football IQ. The son of a coach completed 60-percent of his passes last season for 1,686 yards, 20 touchdowns, and just six interceptions.

He holds over 20 scholarship offers and is already one of 50 five-star prospects on Scout.com.

Olsen visited Miami last summer for one of the summer camps and came away impressed.

"It was awesome," Olsen said. "I loved being there. It was a good opportunity for me. I think I performed well. All I can worry about is doing the best I can."

Olsen plans on returning to Miami sometime this spring for an unofficial visit and his father says they'd also like to make spring visits to Arkansas, Auburn, Alabama, and Stanford. They've already visited Rutgers (close to home), Virginia (where his brother, Chris, played), and Northwestern (close to where Greg lives).

One of the main things they'll be looking for is a pro style offense.

""For Kevin to flourish, I think it's the pro-style offense where you're under center enough times when you come out of college," his father, Chris, said. "I think you need to be under center enough, and that's one of the things he does well."

The Canes seem to be in good shape at this point in the process for the quarterback who seems to have been the top priority at the position for quite some time now.


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