Ben Olson Trims it to Three, Could Commit Soon

The number one quarterback prospect in the country, Ben Olson, says he's getting closer to making a decision...

Ben Olson, 6-5, 205, Thousand Oaks (Calif.) High, said he's crossed many potential colleges off his list and he's down to three potential choices.

"UCLA, Stanford and BYU," Olson said. "I'm down to those three."

Olson said he also could commit pretty soon, wanting to get it over with. "I honestly couldn't tell you exactly when. It could be within a month. It will probably be pretty soon."

So, that means he'd commit without taking any official visits, right? "Well, I've been to all of those schools unofficially a couple of times. I've been to UCLA several times, BYU and Stanford. But I'm not sure if I'll do it without taking an official visit. I could still visit." Olson also said that he's going to try to go to the UCLA/Ohio State game this weekend, but he doesn't know if Saturday he'll be practicing.

College coaches might be getting the hint that he could be committing soon, since Olson's phone has been almost constantly ringing. But Olson also said that he's trying to stay focused on the season, his team so far is 0-2, Olson is not playing as well as he would like, and the recent tragedies have made him realize some priorities.

"It was tough playing last week," he said. "But it definitely puts it all in perspective. Football is not everything. And this last game against Buena was probably the worst game I ever played. I'm sure there will be better games, but I'm trying to get myself and my team to play better."

When asked whether Matt Moore committing to UCLA impacted his decision, Olson answered "no" before the question was even completed. "I've just been asked that so many times. You have to compete wherever you go, so it doesn't really matter to me."

Olson said that, being a Mormon, he's feeling no pressure from his family or friends to go to BYU. "I have to find what's right for me, what school best fits me. If I feel comfortable there, if I feel like it's right, then that's where I'll go."

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