Chris Olson Ends Suspense

Highland Park RT Chris Olson, considered one of the top three guard prospects in the state (after recently viewing his film), decided to wrap up the recruiting process. With 10 or more offers from several other colleges, kid wanted to be a Red Raider…

Highland Park OL Chris Olson, measuring at or about 6-4/6-4.5, 280 pounds, is listed as a solid Texas Tech commitment in the Scout.com database.

The Texas Top 100 selection late last week said he wasn't planning on giving a verbal pledge until late June. But in the Friday Red Raider Wrap, Mark Sparrow hinted at the possibility that you could see this one going down with two recent OL commitments opting for Tech early last week. Looks like he had this one pegged…

"It (OL commits wrapping up two spots in this Tech recruiting class) was a factor," Olson told Scout.com. "I talked it over with my parents and decided to close it down and committed to Texas Tech. And we thought it would be a better fit."

Taking us back a bit -- before ending the suspense -- one of the top DFW-area linemen said he made the call and the Red Raider coaches were very excited, telling Olson he would relay the commitment news to everyone on the Texas Tech coaching staff.

"My parents were really impressed with everything (on the unofficial visit) there, and we think playing in the Big 12 would be a really neat experience for me," Olson said.

With the Big 12 South Division expected to put four teams into the Top 25, and a possibility of a fifth, the level of competition is enticing according the Highland Park RT…

"I'm really excited about going to Tech and playing in the Big 12 South," Olson explained. "When you have a chance to step on the field, against arguably the best in the country, you get to test your skills against the best."

Possibly the second-most talented Red Raider commitment we have currently on our Mock Texas Top 100/200 board, just behind Justin Northwest LB Blake Collier at No. 24 overall, could Olson be tempted to look around?

"I'm all Texas Tech," Olson said. "Nothing is going to change my mind."

Other Notes:
JR. Stats: 75 pancakes (and/or cut-blocks and knockdowns), 0 sacks allowed, 3 holding penalties, 1 false start.
Academics: 3.5 GPA, 1490 SAT.
Major: Business Management


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