DE Says UM Was First to Offer

This super talented defensive end prospect said he received his first scholarship offer prior to the start of his sophomore season when Butch Davis offered him a few years back. Fast forward a few years and now you can read on to find out what he thinks of the Hurricanes now and how they stack up to other schools on his list.

At 6-foot-5 and 230 pounds, Wayne (N.J.) Wayne Hills standout tight end/defensive end Greg Olsen is one of the most heavily recruited players in the state of New Jersey this season. And in the team's season opener last week, Olsen showed why.

In a 56-0 win, Olsen had two receptions including one for a touchdown on offense. As a defensive end, he collected 11 tackles, five for loss, and two sacks.

"Our defense is real good as a whole," Olsen said. "I think we can really do some nice things this year."

Olsen, who is fully qualified with a 1210 SAT score, is the younger brother of Notre Dame quarterback Chris Olsen. And now Greg is enjoying the recruiting process.

"Florida State came by, Boston College, Stanford, and a few more," he said. "The rest of them are calling on the phone. I have it pretty much down to six right now. They are Notre Dame, Tennessee, Michigan, Florida State, Miami, and Syracuse."

Olsen was asked if any of them have an upper hand right now.

"No," he said. "Not at all. They're all really top programs and they're all great places for me to go. I'm just going to look at those six schools and take it from there."

The talented TE/DE has already scheduled a couple official visits.

"I'm going to Notre Dame on December 6," he said. "But I'm not totally sure on the exact date because of our playoff situation. Tennessee is the same way. They're going to get back to me on an exact date that works better for me."

So who are the other three of the four that will receive visits from Olsen?

"I really dont know yet," he said. "I'm just going to have to pick three more. Since I can only take five trips, I guess the school that I don't end up visiting will be the odd man out."

Olsen talked about the Hurricanes.

"I actually went down to Miami before my sophomore year for their summer camp and really enjoyed it," he said. "Their coach then was Butch Davis and he actually offered me a scholarship way back then. That was my first offer and it still stands out to me. Then we went back before my junior season and I enjoyed that as well. I couldn't make it back this past summer though. I've been talking to Vernon [Hargreaves]. Miami is actually recruiting me as a defensive end. They're the best team in college football right now. And that's been the case for the last three years basically. I like the whole atmosphere there and it doesn't get any better than that for big time college football."

Olsen, who is being recruited by some schools on offense and others on defense, was asked about which position he prefers.

"It doesn't bother me at all," he said. "I like defense and everything, but I think I'll end up playing on offense in college though."

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