It All Begins Now <br>For Ben Olson

He's undoubtedly the biggest recruit for Head Coach Karl Dorrell since he's been head coach, and <B>Ben Olson</b> returns from his near-two-year Mormon Mission today...

Ben Olson, the #1 quarterback and overall prospect in the high school class of 2002, returns from his 22-month Mormon Mission today.

Rick Olson, Ben's father, went to pick up Ben in Alberta, Canada, and said he would return to their home in Thousand Oaks, Calif., on November 2nd.

Olson committed to BYU out of high school and spent one fall semester there. Having been gone for 22 months, Olson is now not bound to BYU and is a recruitable athlete.

Rick Olson told us that his son will go through the recruiting process, perhaps take a few official visits, but then plans on enrolling at the school of his choice in January. Rick said that will give Ben enough time to get back in shape and be prepared for spring practice in April.

Rick said Ben is just about 6-5 now, and weighs 235 pounds. He said that, when Ben left on his Mission, he was in great shape at 230 pounds, which he considered his playing weight.

There are have been many rumors and speculation about Olson's return. A source told us yesterday that there is a plan for Olson to attend the UCLA/Washington State game this Saturday at the Rose Bowl. As of now, it isn't arranged as an official visit, but that could quickly change if the Olsons prefer.

Olson, a left who is a very skilled and athletic quarterback prospect, is Dorrell's biggest recruit to date. Olson offers Dorrell a superior talent at quarterback to take over for Drew Olson when he graduates after next year. Without Ben Olson, the quarterback position would be a particular question. UCLA would have Pat Cowan on its roster as a redshirt sophomore, and committed high school senior Osaar Rasshan as a redshirt freshman as the only two scholarship quarterbacks. It's believed, too, that Ben Olson will have a chance to push Drew Olson in his senior season.

The rumors concerning Olson's preferences for schools once he returns have been continuous. It's pretty well accepted that UCLA is high on his list, but sources indicate that Oregon is a consideration, and that Arizona has been consistently calling the Olson household, as well as many others. BYU is also expected to be in the mix, even though reports indicate that Olson preferred not to return to Provo. There are a good amount of rumors, even from other football programs, that UCLA is in the driver's seat for Olson at this point.

Dorrell has personally been responsible for Olson's recruitment thus far, staying in contact with the Olson family.


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