Olson: OSU Visit Was The 'Clincher'

Columbia (S.C.) Irmo fullback prospect Aram Olson has made his college choice. He picked Ohio State over Auburn on Wednesday morning. We have comments from his father on today's meeting with Jim Tressel as well as Olson's own statement on why he selected Ohio State. Click this free link for more.

Columbia (S.C.) Irmo fullback Aram Olson made public this morning his verbal commitment to Ohio State this morning, picking the Buckeyes over Auburn.

He becomes the 18th commitment in an OSU class that could number 21 or 22 players.

Olson (6-1, 250) is a prototypical fullback prospect, according to Irmo coach Bob Hanna. He was a key component on Irmo's 9-3 playoff squad.

His father, Bruce, spoke with Bucknuts.com this morning to discuss the visit made today by OSU head coach Jim Tressel and running backs coach Dick Tressel.

"Doc and Jim were here at 8 o'clock this morning," Bruce Olson said. "They already knew about the commitment. They knew a few days ago. We had a good meeting here today and it looks good going forward."

Bruce Olson said the coaches discussed their plans for his son.

"They talked about Aram setting the table for Chris Wells," he said. "They said, ‘That's why we're after him. We got the No. 1 running back in the country and now we want the No. 1 fullback.' "

Bruce Olson got into his son's decisionmaking process.

"The Auburn visit was so perfect," he said. "He would have had a great opportunity if he decided to go there. It came down to Coach Tressel and, ultimately, the chemistry he had with the people there and how he felt and what the plans are down the road.

"When we left Auburn – and it was a perfect visit – Aram knew he still wanted to go to Ohio State. He still felt that way so he decided why waste a week and go to Florida State if that's how he still felt."

Olson has a 4.5 GPA and a 1200 on the SAT. He can clean over 300 pounds and benches 400.

Olson got his first look at OSU for an unofficial visit for the Illinois game. OSU is in the market for a blocking back as starting fullback Stan White Jr. will be a senior and backup Dionte Johnson will be a junior in 2006.

Aram Olson's Statement

Here is the statement Aram Olson prepared to announce his commitment to Ohio State, as released by the Olson family.

"I want to first of all thank God for the talent he has blessed me with and the opportunity to put that talent to use for Irmo High School. I also want to thank coach David Pitts, my running backs coach, who has taught me everything I know at fullback, and my weightlifting coach, Jack Curlings, for everything he's done for me.

"And I can't say enough about a man like Coach Hanna. Even as great of a head coach as he is, he is an even greater person. It has been an honor and a privilege to have been coached by these men.

"At this time, I'd like to announce that I have made my decision. I will be attending The Ohio State University and will play football as a Buckeye. I first visited there unofficially back in November for the Illinois game. At that time, I knew that playing for the Buckeyes would be amazing.

"Later, I received the offer to play there, but at that point some other impressive football programs had offered, as well, namely Auburn and Florida State. I have to say that if I could have hand-picked the schools I would like to play for, it would have been those three schools. Being blessed with the choice of playing for one of these amazing schools, I knew it wouldn't be an easy decision.

"I visited Auburn twice unofficially before taking my official visit there last weekend. Every trip I made there told me I couldn't go wrong if I decided to go there. Coach Tuberville, Coach Gran, and Coach Borges are all great people and great coaches. I've particularly grown close to Coach Gran who has tremendous character and coaching knowledge – I can't say enough about the positive influence he has on his players.

"They have a great football program. There's nothing not to like. Playing there would be a great experience, and the playing situation there at fullback for me would be a perfect opportunity.

"I couldn't go wrong with Florida State, either. I really like Coach Sexton, who would be my running backs coach there. I know he has been counting on me, and I hate having to disappoint him. He is one of the best recruiters and most likeable people I have ever met. I was scheduled to take a visit there on Jan. 20, and Coach Bowden was set up to come here on the 25th, but I wanted to be considerate of the coaches there so that they would have as much time as possible after my decision.

"In the end, I have to say that my official visit to Ohio State was the clincher for me. Certain schools are suited for certain people, and I knew for sure while visiting there that Ohio State and I were a perfect match. Any doubt that might have been there leading up to that visit was erased completely when my parents and I met with coach Jim Tressel.

"It was in that two hour, one-on-one meeting that set in stone my thoughts about where I belong. The things he talked about really blew us away! He seems like such an ordinary guy on the surface when you talk to him because he's so humble. But when you get to hear all about what he's like on the inside, you know he is far from ordinary.

"The coach I've grown the closest to through this whole process is Doc Tressel, my Ohio State recruiter and running backs coach. I'm really excited to work with him as well as the other players. I'm honored to be in the same class as the No. 1 running back recruit in the country (Chris Wells). Since there's currently a little depth at fullback at Ohio State, I might redshirt my first year. But, either way, it'll be great because, from now until the first game I play, I'll be working up a big appetite for cleaning things out for my tailbacks over the next few years.

"I would like to thank all of the schools that showed interest in me and recruited me and gave me the opportunity to play football at the next level. I look forward to doing that as a Buckeye!"

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