Drew Olson to UCLA

As expected, Piedmont (Calif.) quarterback Drew Olson has committed to UCLA. Olson had been a big Bruin lean since the beginning of the season but the timing of his decision comes at an interesting time...

Olson, 6-2, 182 pounds, is a very solid quarterback prospect who was one of the top five signal callers at the Student Sports Elite 11 camp. He throws a nice catchable ball and has a very quick release. His outgoing personality and leadership skills are probably his best attribute and he's the kind of player teammates will want to play hard for.

"I always knew I was going to go there," Olson said. "My dad went there and I've been a fan for a long time. I just wanted to go through the recruiting process a little bit but the more I thought about it, the more I realized UCLA was where I belonged and the timing was right now.

"When I was just a freshman, I camped at UCLA and I just loved the campus and liked Coach Toledo a lot. I came home and told my family that was the school I wanted to go to."

Olson was a Student Sports Junior All-American a year ago after throwing for 2,350 yards and 29 touchdowns while completing 61% of his passes. He's also a talented baseball player and just missed being selected for the Junior National team as a catcher.

"I'm planning to play baseball at UCLA too but football is my main sport, no doubt about it,' Olson said. "With Cory (Paus) being a junior right now, I think there's a good chance I'll be able to compete for the starting job by my redshirt freshman season and that was a big reason why I liked UCLA so much."

Olson had scheduled a visit to LSU for November 30 and said just recently that he had no plans to commit any time soon. Did the recent rumors that Trent Edwards was looking more closely at UCLA affect the timing of his decision?

"No it really didn't," Olson said. "To be honest, I didn't even know that about Trent. I haven't followed what he's been doing that much. I made the decision because I felt the timing was right and my older brother has been telling me if you know where you want to go, get it over it with so you're not worried about any more and that's what I did."


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