More than 60 offers from almost every top team in the country -- how many recruits can stake that claim?
Not too many we’d imagine. Both of the teams that played in the BCS National Championship game, Miami and Nebraska, have offered. Florida, Florida State, Miami, Michigan, Penn State, Texas, Oklahoma, Tennessee – the list reads like a who’s who of the best programs in the country. More than half of all D1A programs want him and the ones that haven't offered probably just feel that they can’t get him so why bother.
Tight end Greg Olsen from Wayne Hills, N.J. epitomizes the phrase, blue-chip recruit. He has great size and speed at 6-foot-6, 245 pounds with a 4.7-second 40-yard dash and it’s hard to determine whether his awesome blocking or athletic receiving skills impact a victory more than the other. Olsen is also a top student as well, fully qualified to date.
Olsen has had offers since he was a sophomore and now has his list narrowed to a baker’s dozen. Who says 13 is an unlucky number? The following lucky programs have made the cut in the battle for one of the nation’s elite players;
Florida, Florida State, Maryland, Miami, Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Rutgers, Southern Cal, Stanford, Syracuse, Tennessee and Virginia.
Right now Greg already is sure about two of his five official visits.
"I know for sure that I will definitely visit Notre Dame and Tennessee officially,” he said. “I'm still trying to decide on the other three visits I'll make."
Greg and his father have already been to numerous campuses unofficially and that has helped him narrow his choices.
"With my brother Chris (Notre Dame signee) being recruited heavily last year, it has helped me to understand the process more than most. This is a very tough decision so I'm taking my time with things and making sure that I have weighed all of my options.”
Does Notre Dame have a better chance than other schools now that older brother Chris will be playing for the Irish?
"I always liked Notre Dame regardless. Chris being there makes it more attractive, but that will not be the deciding factor. I really have no clear-cut leader."
Last season Greg had 21 catches for 490 yards and 10 touchdowns. For his career he has 49 receptions for more than 1,200 yards and 19 scores. As a defensive end last year he made 89 tackles with 12 sacks and 33 tackles for loss.
From more than 60 schools down to 13 is progress, but this battle still has a long way to go.