Limited Summer for Ollison

Content with his scholarship total, Buffalo (NY) Canisius running back Qadree Ollison is only camping three places before making his fall decision, but he's keeping the door open for some official visits.

A hot commodity during the May evaluation period, Buffalo (NY) Canisius running back Qadree Ollison has seen his offer list rise to 13. The number is certainly lucky for him with the amount of choices he has; not so lucky for a guy that wants to see all his options.

"You just have to evaluate all the schools that you can," Ollison told Badger Nation. "You can't make it to every school, but you have to try to evaluate as many as you can and go through the whole process."

With that thought in mind, the 6-1, 225-pound running back has scheduled three camps that allow him to take a peek at some schools on his radar. Camping at Pittsburgh last week, Ollison said he hit it off with head coach Paul Chryst and offensive coordinator Joe Rudolph, and realized both came from a run-oriented offense at Wisconsin.

"They liked to run the ball at Wisconsin and they like to run the ball at Pitt," said Ollison. "Most of their coaches have an offensive line background, so they like to run the ball behind a big line. They play in the ACC where there is a lot of great competition, which will make things exciting and fun."

The camp at Pittsburgh proceeded Ollison trip to Columbus for the Nike Football Training Camp (NFTC); a camp where he finished among the top running backs behind four-star Jalen Hurd (Tennessee commit). "That was a really great trip," said Ollison.

With two camps down, Ollison's finally camp will be at Syracuse on June 21.

"That will be really fun," said Ollison. "I'm excited to get up there, deal with their coaches and see how their coaches coach. It should be a really fun trip up there to make. I'm really excited to go up there and compete with other people, see the competition, see the campus and things like that."

Ollison hopes to have a top three or five in the next couple of weeks and make a commitment within the first two weeks of his senior season. While admitting his list of favorites was wide open, Ollison admitted the schools he had visited multiple times had a good chance to make the cut; good news for Pittsburgh, Rutgers and Syracuse fans.

"It's still wide open for any other schools and things like that," said Ollison.

One school that still is in contention is Wisconsin. With running back coach Thomas Hammock leading Ollison's recruitment, the Badgers have made sure the three-star tailback – ranked No.34 at his position by Fox Sports Next – knows the offense isn't going to change despite the overhaul of the staff the last two seasons.

"Coach Hammock is the guy who coached Montee Ball, James White and all those guys," said Ollison. "They ran the ball over 600 times last year and coaching kids to Doak Walker Awards, they have a great foundation with their offense. I think Coach Hammock has proven himself to be a good running back coach. They play in the Big Ten, they go to the Rose Bowl and the coaching staff is still strong."

Ollison hasn't visited Wisconsin, saying it's hard to visit a school that is 12 hours away, but says he hasn't ruled out taking an official visit to the school. That's one of the reasons he's not making his decision until the first couple weeks of his season.

"It will be nice to get down that far when everything is paid for," said Ollison.

Rushing for 1,867 yards and 26 touchdowns last season, Ollison will spend the rest of the summer working out in preparation for his senior season instead of grinding on the camp circuit.

"The schools that offered me, they don't have to see me in a camp because they already like what they've seen," said Ollison. "I've got to the point where it would be great to get more offers, but I have plenty of other schools where I don't have to go to a camp. I plan to focus on my season, which is why I want to commit before the season. I don't want to have to worry about who is in the stands watching me and I don't want my teammates to worry about it."

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