WeAreSC.com caught up recently with Greg Olsen, who is the #1 rated tight end in the country, and he had the following update for us…
Greg Olsen presents the type of nightmare match-up that keeps defensive coordinators up at night. He is a hybrid at tight end, as he has the size and blocking skills of a lineman, and the speed and hands of a wide receiver. Combine that with the tenacity and commitment to be the best, and one has the number one rated tight end in the country coveted by the powers of college football.
There are several scholarship offers on the table for Olsen, but he has narrowed his list of favorites to the following: Notre Dame, Tennessee, Michigan, Miami, Syracuse, Stanford, Florida State, and USC. All have offered. Currently, Greg has official trips set up to Notre Dame and Tennessee. He will play by ear the rest of his trips as well as his commitment, as he does not have any particular timetable set for a college decision.
Olsen is from Wayne Hills High School in Wayne, New Jersey, which is about a half hour from New York City. His team has been in the New Jersey state football finals the last five years in a row. He plays tight end and defensive end for his high school team, but is being recruited at tight end for college. The list of awards from last season include; All-League, All-Area, All-County, 1st Team All-American, and Defensive Player of the Year for his area. Olsen wears #4. He will be playing in the Army High School All-Star game in San Antonio, Texas on January 5th, 2003. His athleticism does not stop with football as he also plays power forward in hoops, and participates in several events in track and field. Greg has thrown the javelin 81', and the shot 53' and change. He also has run an 11.2 100 meters, and anchors his team 4 x 100 relay team.
When asked who he likes to watch at his position in the NFL, Jeremy Shockey's name was brought up, and one can see why when intangible's were mentioned. Greg measures out at 6'6", 245 pounds, and runs a 4.63 forty. He also has a 33" vertical and benches out at a max of 335 pounds. He did not attend any camps this past summer as his school schedule conflicted with camp dates. When asked about strengths, size and speed were the first variables mentioned. Greg wants to continue to work on his strength, speed, and agility.
Football runs in the genes of the Olsen family. Greg's father played college football at Midland College in Nebraska, and his brother Chris was a highly touted quarterback last year who is currently a freshman at Notre Dame. It should be noted that Greg is open to his recruitment even though his brother is a back-up QB for the Irish.
Coaches Lane Kiffin and Pete Carroll have been in contact with Greg from USC. He has never been to California, but SC is attractive to him because of the football tradition and academics. He has been catching the USC game highlights, and has been impressed with what he has seen. Olsen would like to possibly major in criminal justice, and currently is more than fully qualified with a 3.8 GPA, and a 1210 SAT.