At 6-foot-6 and 240 pounds, Wayne (N.J.) Wayne Hills standout tight end Greg Olsen is gearing up for his fourth chance at winning a state title.
"This school's been there six years in a row now," Olsen said. "This will be my fourth and I still don't have a ring. We're playing Ramapo, who we beat in the regular season. It's going to be a tough game and we'll need to play well."
Olsen has been incredible all season. 14 of his 38 receptions have gone for touchdowns, while gaining 703 yards. He also has 79 tackles, 23 for loss, 14 sacks, 15 hurries, and four caused fumbles.
Olsen, a full academic qualifier, said he'll participate in basketball and track after football.
"I ran an 11.2 in the 100m last year," he said. "And I was the anchor man for our 4x1 relay team that won the county championship."
The talented tight end is excited about taking his first official visit this weekend.
"It'll get things going," he said. "I've been sitting here all year thinking about where I want to go and now I'll have a chance to really learn a lot."
Olsen will trip to Knoxville this weekend to visit Tennessee before going to Notre Dame on the 13th, Miami on the 20th, and then Michigan on Jan. 10.
"I'm not sure on my last visit yet," he said. "Maryland, Syracuse, Florida State, and Oklahoma are ones I'm still looking at for the last visit."
Olsen talked more about the Hurricanes.
"They've been there since the beginning," he said. "They were the first school to offer me a scholarship and I won't forget that. I went to their camp two years ago and had a great time. I really enjoyed it there."
Olsen said he speaks to UM coaches each week, including head coach Larry Coker on Monday night.
"Coach Coker actually called last night," he said. "He's a real nice guy. I first met him when he was the quarterbacks coach there. Me and [my brother] Chris both liked him a lot."
Olsen, who will be playing in the national all-star game in early January, is often asked about following his brother to Notre Dame. He talked about that.
"I talk to Chris about three or four times a week," he said. "He loves it there and will occasionally bring [the topic] up, but he understands that I have to make my own decision. Just because that was the best place for him doesn't mean it'll be the best place for me."
Olsen said he doesn't have a favorite right now.
"I couldn't even say right now," he said. "I guess that's what my visits are for. I'll feel my way through it before making a decision. All the schools on my list do a great job of producing tight ends."
The standout tight end was asked what things he'll be looking at the most during his visits.
"Basically, I'm going to check out the overall atmosphere at each place," he said. "I have to see where I fit in the best. I'm looking forward to meeting all the coaches and players and seeing how I fit in at each of these places."
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