Wildcats Host Bear's Brother

The beginning of the recruitment process can often be overwhelming, so it helps to have the help of a mentor. Wayne Hills (NJ) junior quarterback Kevin Olsen has all the help he needs.

Kevin Olsen (6-3, 195) is the younger brother of Chicago Bears tight end Greg Olsen and former University of Virginia quarterback Chris Olsen. In addition, Olsen's father is the head coach at Wayne Hills High School.

Things are just beginning for Kevin, but as his recruitment begins, Kevin has family on his side to guide him through the beginning stages.

"Obviously, they try to steer my in the right direction," Olsen said. "I feel like they can help me during that, because obviously it could get overwhelming. They can give me advice. With my dad having two sons go through the recruiting process, he can also help me through my junior and senior year."

Kevin says he has a special connection with his oldest brother Chris, the former quarterback for the Virginia Cavaliers. Chris is always there to give his younger brother pointers on how to lead the team, and how to deal with scrutiny.

Despite the long distance between them, Kevin is constantly in touch with his brother Greg, a four-year starter at tight end for the Bears. Kevin is thankful for the constant advice and support from his NFL brother.

"He gives me advice and tell me that you can never take a day off, you always got to be working," Kevin said of his brother Greg. "Just in general, he helps me with my workout plan and how I should be eating, and helps me be a good leader."

Over his spring break, Kevin took a trip into Chicago to hang out with his brother Greg. During the trip, the two stopped by Northwestern for Kevin's first recruiting visit to Northwestern. When it was over, Olsen left feeling very impressed with how practice was run.

"It was great, I had a great time," Olsen said. "The practice was fun to watch because it's so upbeat. Everything was fast. It was a great atmosphere."

Olsen, being the son of a head coach (his father Chris is head coach at Wayne Hills H.S.), was paying close attention to how the coaches ran practice. He was very impressed by how the fast practice went without a hitch.

Kevin and Greg took in Northwestern's practice and met with the coaches, and then at the end of practice, they met with the Northwestern coaches, including head coach Pat Fitzgerald.

"I think he's a great coach," Olsen said. "Everybody was tuned into him. He had a great speech after practice about doing the right thing; He has a great practice schedule. It's fast-paced, but everything goes so smoothly."

As his recruitment progresses, Olsen will continue more college visits, and plans to do so with family on his side.

Thus far, Olsen has received interest from Northwestern, Florida State, Central Florida, and East Carolina. As a sophomore, Olsen completed 55.6% of his passes, threw for more than 1,300 yards, and led his Wayne Hills High School team to a state title.


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