Spotlight 2013: QB Kevin Olsen

When Wayne Hills (Wayne, N.J.) quarterback Kevin Olsen took place in May's NIKE camp at Rutgers Stadium, the Class of 2013 standout held three verbal scholarship offers. Since then, Olsen's scholarship offers doubled including one from Rutgers, his home-state university. spoke with one of the top quarterbacks in the 2013 class about his recruitment and thoughts on Rutgers.

Wayne Hills (Wayne, N.J.) quarterback Kevin Olsen said he expected contact from Rutgers soon after he spent the day at Rutgers Stadium for a NIKE camp.

Olsen received more than contact when he received a verbal scholarship offer from Rutgers, his fourth overall, last month.

"It was awesome having one from my home-state school," said Olsen, who now holds verbal offers from Florida State, ECU, UCF, Iowa, Rutgers and Miami. "That was exciting for me and for my family. It's a good program and I've liked the time I spent there so far."

Olsen said he has always had a relationship with the Rutgers staff because his father is friends with head coach Greg Schiano. As his recruitment continues, Olsen hopes to build a relationship with quarterbacks coach Cignetti.

"Their QB coach, Coach Cignetti, is really good," he said. "I can learn a lot from a guy like that. He has a great philosophy and has spent time with some great quarterbacks on both levels."

Olsen has added familiarity with Rutgers because of former Wayne Hills teammate Chris Fonti. Fonti, now a red-shirt sophomore with the Scarlet Knights, played with Olsen for one season.

"He's obviously older, but I got to know him when I was a backup and it would be just one more person I'm familiar with," Olsen said. "He's a good guy. It would be cool to have him as a teammate again."

Rutgers is not in Olsen's travel plans this weekend, however. Instead of the 7-on-7 or camp at Rutgers, he said he and his teammates will be at William Paterson University for camp and a 7-on-7.

After that camp, Olsen said he thinks he will be done traveling for the summer and ready to transition to training for his junior year. Brian Dowling, Wayne Hills's star running back from last season is off to UMass and Olsen wants to help pick up the slack.

"I want to focus on this upcoming season," he said. "I'm older and there is a lot more weight on my shoulders without Dowling. No one guy can replace him."

Olsen said his best recruiting experience so far came three weeks ago when he camped at Miami.

"It was awesome," Olsen said. "I loved being there. It was a good opportunity for me. I think I performed well. All I can worry about is doing the best I can."

The Olsen name is a popular one in Coral Gables, Fla., after older brother Greg Olsen became a first-round pick of the Chicago Bears in 2007. Kevin Olsen, however, said that was not something he thought about as he tries to make his own name.

"I don't worry about it," he said. "There's no extra pressure. If anything, it's just something for us to talk about. It's not like there are too tough expectations. We're different positions."

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