Junior to Watch: Greg Olsen
School: Wayne Hills, NJ
Position: Tight end/Defensive end
Size and speed: Olsen is 6-foot-6 and 235 pounds. Runs a 4.7-second 40-yard dash.
Statistics: During his junior season, Greg had 89 tackles, including 12 sacks and 33 tackles losses -- a new school record. From his tight end position he had 21 catches for 490 yards, better than 22 yards-per-catch to go along with his 10 touch downs.
Honors: Greg was a first team All State, All Groups selection as a defensive end. He was also selected to various All-America teams and was All League, All Area defensive player of the year. Greg was also honored at the New York Downtown Athletic Club as a High School Heisman selection.
Favorite Schools: At this time Greg has no real favorite. His older brother Chris is on his way to play at the University of Notre Dame, but Greg is considering many options. To date he has close to 20 scholarship offers from schools such as Rutgers, Miami, Virginia, Penn State, Nebraska, Boston College and Notre Dame among others. Expect him to have more than 40 offers by the time the 2003 season begins.
Skinny: You will be hard pressed to find a better player in the Northeast. He is a tremendous athlete and can play either offense or defense at the next level. With superb hands and great explosion off the ball, his tight end skills are something that you just don't find too often at the high school level. From the defensive side of the ball Olsen is equally as dominant. He uses his aggressive style and speed to run down quarterbacks and wreak havoc on opposing offenses. Each school has their own opinion on what position Greg will play in college, but he has no real preference.
"I'm looking forward to the recruiting process. It's great to have so many offers at this time, but I'm just going to weigh all my options before I do anything."
Greg has already visited a few schools on unofficial trips and for junior days. He's been to Rutgers, Miami and Boston College and will be heading to Maryland and Syracuse in the next few weeks.
"I want to take my time with everything. I'm fortunate that my brother Chris went through this last year so I kinda know what to expect. My dad is a big help as well, he understands the recruiting process very well being a high school coach and that just makes it easier on me."
Greg is an excellent student as well, getting a quality education is very important is the Olsen household.
"My dad stresses good grades and the importance of a great education. Obviously I want to put myself in a situation where I'm going to have a chance to play big-time football and at the same time receive a big-time education."
New Jersey has great high school football and some consider it the Florida of the north for talent. Greg is considered the best that the state has to offer this year as well as one of the top players in the country.