The Fifth Quarter: Tommy Olson

In this edition of The Fifth Quarter series, GopherDigest caught up with departed senior offensive lineman Tommy Olson for an in-depth interview profiling his career in Minneapolis and four seasons as a Gopher.

In this edition of The Fifth Quarter series, GopherDigest caught up with departed senior offensive lineman Tommy Olson for an in-depth interview profiling his career in Minneapolis and four seasons as a Gopher.

GopherDigest.com: I'll start with saying you actually committed to Minnesota when Brewster was here, what was he like as a recruiter?

Olson: I only knew him as a recruiter and never played as he was fired before I got there, but I absolutely loved him. I was really close with him and was really sad when I first heard the news of him leaving.

GopherDigest.com: You were the first commitment for the 2011 class as I believe you committed back in 2009, why was it such an easy decision for you?

Olson: I grew up loving the Gophers and never missed a home game. I would always go to either the Iowa or Wisconsin away game too. My brother had just signed and it felt like a no-brainer. I was on Eddie's visit to the U and was being recruited by them since I went to their camp in 8th grade, so it felt like the right choice.

GopherDigest.com: Once you committed, did any schools offer and try and get you to visit?

Olson: A lot of them kept recruiting me. I only took one unofficial visit and that was to Florida. All of the Big Ten schools, Alabama, Oregon, Miami, LSU and Stanford would have coaches come visit me at school. For example, Coach Tressel from Ohio State came by and said, "if you take a visit, we'd offer ya". That was the story with most schools as if I would have shown interest, they said they would have offered.

GopherDigest.com: Did any schools try to jump back in when Brewster was fired?

Olson: Yeah all of them did. I was loyal to the Gophers, but selfishly looking back on it, it would have been so cool to go visit those schools. I should have told the U I was still committed, but taken advantage of the 5 official visits just like the free agents in the NBA do. Hypothetically, I would have visited Ohio State, and Stanford would have been up there, but I would have come to Minnesota regardless.

GopherDigest.com: How soon after Kill was hired did you actually hear from him?

Olson: The first weekend of his hiring was my official visit with Peter Westerhaus and Devin Crawford-Tuffs, so pretty quickly. He was super nice and I loved him right off the bat.

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