Is Rutgers an Option for 4-star QB Olsen?

Wayne Hill (N.J.) High four-star quarterback Kevin Olsen holds nearly two dozen offers and is getting interest from all over the nation. Among the schools under consideration is home-state Rutgers, and ScarletReport.com has the latest on his recruitment.

Wayne Hills (N.J.) High coach Chris Olsen's had a strong relationship with former Rutgers coach Greg Schiano, but the change in coaching staff doesn't mean an end to the recruitment of Olsen's son, four-star quarterback Kevin Olsen.

In fact, the 6-foot-3, 190-poun Olsen holds close to two dozen offers, but continues to count the Scarlet Knights as a possible destination.

"Greg is no longer there and neither is (offensive coordinator) Frank Cignetti, but it's still Rutgers and their facilities are still great," the elder Olsen said. "I would like to see the league become a little more stable, but as far as location and their facilities and it being the state university, you always have to consider it."

Two other key aspects of Olsen's recruitment are the type of offense Rutgers will run and the familiarity with the coaching staff, including coach Kyle Flood. Olsen wants his son to play in a pro-style offense, and Rutgers will run one.

"That what it sounds like, and I know (quarterbacks coach) Rob Spence a little bit from being around," Chris Olsen said. "I've known Kyle Flood for a long time."

Before any decisions are made and before Olsen's extensive list can be trimmed, he will make a handful of unofficial visits.

"We are going to visit some places in the next month, month-and-a-half, and visit some places we haven't been to (see) spring ball," said Kevin's father and Wayne Hills coach Chris Olsen. " We're hearing from everybody a lot. The schools we plan on visiting are only because we haven't been there yet."

Olsen's impressive offer lists includes of Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Colorado, Florida, Florida State, Iowa, Miami, Michigan, Rutgers, Stanford, Virginia and Wisconsin.

"We're going to go back to Miami this spring because it's one of his choices," the elder Olsen said. "But we're also going to be down there visiting my son, who Will be down in Fort Lauderdale for a couple of days.

"We're going to be at Arkansas, Auburn, Wisconsin, we're trying to get to Alabama, and we're trying to get to Stanford as well. We're going to try and squeeze them in. That's the plan right now, but it's crazy because everyone is doing things at the same time."

As a junior, Olsen completed 124 of 205 passes for 1,686 yards, 20 touchdowns and six interceptions. In considering a college, the style of offense will be a key factor.

"The offense is certainly important," Chris Olsen said. "I think not only what they do offensively, but who is coaching it. Those are the two things I am really keeping an eye on.

"For Kevin to flourish, I think it's the pro-style offense where you're under center enough times when you come out of college. I think you need to be under center enough, and that's one of the things he does well."

There is also no timetable for a decision.

"To us, it' really doesn't matter," Chris Olsen said. "He needs to get to the places he hasn't seen so he can make a good, sound decision. When that light goes, ‘Hey, I like this guy, I like this program, I like the guy that's coaching me,' you call the coach and say your coming.

"Whether it's next week, next fall or signing day, I don't know when that is going to be. I always feel you don't need the fanfare. You'll know when you're at the right place."


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