Diablo Valley's Olmstead talks recruiting

Versatility always makes a player very popular with D-1 football staffs and one of the most gifted in that arena is Diablo Valley OG John Olmstead (6-4, 290) a player who could play almost any position along the offensive line. JCFootball.com caught up with the talented lineman between fall camp practices recently and he updated us on things including which schools are showing the most interest...

Olmstead prepped at nearby Concord High School and was a non-qualifier, so he opted to stay close to home, but it wasn't just location that brought him to play with the Vikings.

"I loved that it was close to home for me, but it was even more important that I had a school I felt could prepare me for the next level," Olmstead told JCFootball.com. "The coaches here are really focused on making you better as a person as well as as a player. I felt like it was the best situation for me and I've been really happy here. I can't wait to get started this fall."

As a freshman in 2008, Olmstead started 10 games at right tackle, but this fall he will slide inside to play guard.

"The coaches feel I will be better inside, but I feel like I could play both pretty well," Olmstead noted. "I just like to get after it and I really like to be physical with guys. I feel like I could be successful anywhere, but whatever helps my team out the most is what I want to do."

This summer, Olmstead said he focused mainly on pass-protection and getting even stronger than he already is.

"I had great workouts this summer," Olmstead said. "I was in the weight room a lot and I feel like I've really increased my strength.

"I also worked on my footwork and hips to be more flexible. I want to stay low and explode out into the guy I'm blocking. I think that could help me with both pass and run blocking."

Recruiting has been steady for Olmstead, but he hopes a big start to his season helps pick up that pace in that area.

"Kansas State, Arizona State, Iowa State and Ole Miss are the main schools talking to me," Olmstead said. "I don't have any offers yet, but it's still early and I think if we get off to a good start and I get my tape out to some schools that I can have a real chance at getting an offer."

Olmstead is on pace to finish up his AA degree in May and he'll have three years to play two wherever he ends up.

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