On Monday morning, Metuchen (NJ) St. Joseph offensive lineman John Olmstead began his offseason training regimen with his sister - a future Division One athlete herself - when he got a call. It was another offer, the 19th for the 2019 prospect. This one was from West Virginia.
"I gave them a call and said thank you right away," said the 6-foot-6, 290-pounder. "It's a great day. That was my second Big12 offer and it meant a lot. West Virginia is a great school, great academics, and they always have a good football team."
Olmstead spoke with offensive coordinator Jake Spavital, who stopped by the high school earlier this spring, and the Scout four-star says he will visit Morgantown in the near future.
"I only got a week to visit in June," he said. "But in July, I'm going to take a lot of visits and West Virginia will be one of them."
That one week in June he has to visit is next weekend, and Olmstead already has a busy week with plans to stop by Northwestern, Wisconsin, and Notre Dame. Along with those three schools, he also holds offers from Ohio State, Penn State, Rutgers, and more. Even with all the "blue blood" programs involved in his recruitment, Olmstead says his decision will have nothing to do with history.
"It's all about the people in the program," he said. "I don't care about the name of the school."
Olmstead hopes to start cutting things down this fall, then making a decision next spring or summer before his senior season. He claims no favorites at this time. He received a four-star rating from Scout Recruiting.