Ben Olson Close to Deciding

UCLA's big priority recruit, quarterback <b>Ben Olson</b>, took his third and final official visit last weekend to Cal. He talked about what are the factors in his decision and how we could just be days away from an announcement...

Ben Olson, the elite quarterback prospect, said he's done with his official visits and his in-home visits from coaches, and intends to decide soon.

"I'm done with my trips," Olson said. "I went to ASU, UCLA and California just this last weekend, and that's it. Now I need to sit back and think about it all. I don't know for sure when I'll decide but I'll try to get it done by the end of the week."

He and his family are ready to get it over with. "It's been fun, but it's very hectic and tiring. My parents have wanted it over for some time."

Olson said it's between the three schools he visited officially. "They're all pretty equal right now," Olson said.

His official visit to Cal last weekend went well. "It was good, real good," he said. "It was great to see the entire campus and learn more about the program. The advantage with Cal is being able to work with coach (Jeff) Tedford. He's very good at what he does, he's a great person, and he's building a powerhouse at Cal."

Did Cal give Olson any indication about whether Aaron Rodgers would return for his senior season? "No, they really didn't. They don't know if he will," he said.

He did say that the Cal visit affected his opinion of the schools he's considering. He said, "It made it a little bit more difficult."

With UCLA, Olson said there are some obvious advantages. "It's close to home, which means a lot. It's a great school, and I grew up a UCLA fan. The program is headed in the right direction."

When asked if he wanted to decide soon so he could start recruiting for the school he chooses, Olson said that was a big priority. "I will definitely start recruiting, heavily. I'm all about getting good players around me. I'll see what I can do."


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