Ollison Hauls in Wisconsin Offer

One of five offers given to him in the past week, Buffalo (NY) Canisius running back Qadree Ollison is excited about his Wisconsin offer.

From under-the-radar to highly coveted, Buffalo (NY) Canisius running back Qadree Ollison has gone from offers from Iowa, Nevada, Buffalo and Rutgers to additional offers from Wisconsin, Maryland, Syracuse, Pittsburgh and Cincinnati in one week.

"I'm happy it's happening now," said Ollison.

Estimating he sent out his highlight tape to dozens of schools, the 6-1, 225-pound Ollison has been receiving offers from schools he hadn't had extensive dialogue from, including Wisconsin.

"(Coach Hammock) talked to my coach and then offered me," Ollison told Badger Nation. "He hasn't been recruiting me long, but the thing that I like about him is that he Is a real, real honest person. He's a real laid back guy."

Adding that he was surprised by the Maryland and Syracuse offers, as well, Ollison is impressed with Wisconsin's run-first, physical-style offense.

"They are in the Big Ten and they run the ball a lot," said Ollison. "They are a really great school … and a system I want to play in."

With the recent influx of offers, Ollison has not had much time to let things sink in.

"My dad and I haven't had a chance to sit down to look at everything yet," Ollison said. "We'll sit down and go through the rosters to see who they have and see how old they are, if they are going to be there for a couple years."

Rushing for 1, 867 yards and 26 touchdowns last season, Ollison has already identified a few key pieces of criteria that he is looking for in his future program.

"The most important thing to me is they have good academics," said Ollison, who plans to major in either business or criminal justice. "Next is the type of offense I liked to play in and then if I can play within my first two years there. I don't want to have to wait three or four year until I can play," Ollison said. "I am fine with being redshirted but I do want to play fast and get on the field."

As far as visits are concerned, Ollison plans to check out Penn State on April 19 and will visit Pitt next weekend. He could potentially make a trip out to Ohio State in June as well and hopes to hit a few more campuses between now and the end of summer.

At this point Ollison is not singling out any favorites but he hopes to narrow his list down after taking some more visits.

"I kind of want to be done with it by the end of the summer, sometime before my senior season," Ollison said. "If that doesn't work out or I don't have the offer that I want I would extend it (the decision) a little longer."

Maryland publisher Rachel Klein contributed to this report

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