Olson Nearing A Decision

Northwestern and the eight other schools that have offered Cambridge (MA) tackle Eric Olson have each done everything they can. Now, Olson is getting close to making his commitment. Where do the Wildcats stand?

"They're definitely in my top couple schools," Eric Olson said. "Northwestern is right at the top."

Olson (6-6, 270) was in Evanston this past weekend for a visit, and enjoyed his busy weekend. During the trip, Olson toured the football facilities with NU tight ends coach Bob Heffner—his main recruiter.

After that, he visited campus, met individually with Pat Fitzgerald and received a presentation on Northwestern. Following that, he met with the NU strength and conditioning staff, then spent some time with the players.

Throughout the visit, one thing stood out for Olson. That was the positive feeling amongst the coaches and players.

"Everyone likes each other," he said. I can almost guarantee to you that's not the case in other programs. Everyone enjoys it—the coaches and players. It's a positive experience."

Overall, the entire visit was a "10" for Olson. Northwestern's combination of academics and athletics stood out during the visit.

"They have a 100 graduation rate, unbelievable academic support, tons of awards for academics," Olson said. "The networking is phenomenal. Being in Chicago is great. They play in the Big Ten and consistently compete. With Coach Fitz's new contract, they're on the rise."

Olson holds offers from nine schools, but five offers stand out. He is "heavily considering" Northwestern, Michigan, Duke, Virginia, and Boston College.

After visiting Northwestern, the Wildcats are near the top of his list.

"It's one of those schools that I'm going to think about extraordinary hard," Olson said.

With a list of options in front of him, Olson is planning on making his decision fairly soon.

"As of now, I don't have anything 100%," he said. "I'm going to be making my decision in the near future."

Northwestern, along with the other schools that have expressed strong interest, have now done everything in their power. For Olson, it's just about evaluating each option and coming to a decision.

"Every school has been great," Olson said. "They're showing me what I want to see. They're all constantly in touch with me and giving me new facts about them. I've told them, ‘you've done everything you need to do,' it's just a matter of me making up my mind."

As a junior, Olson was a part of a Buckingham Browne and Nichols team that went 8-1 on the season. Olson reports a 3.1 grade point average and scored 1920 on the SAT.

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