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OL Olsen picks up two huge offers

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Brooklyn (N.Y.) Poly Prep offensive tackle Eric Olsen has picked up two new offers in the last week. The 6-foot-5, 300-pounder received offers from Miami and Notre Dame.
"On Thursday of last week I received a text message from coach Hargreaves at Miami telling me to call him," he said. "I had been down there a couple weeks back and coach Kehoe gave me a tour and he talked to coach Coker about me and they he told me that they decided to offer me a scholarship.
"Then on Saturday morning, I got a text message from coach Ianello from Notre Dame. He handed me off to coach Weis and told me they don't know why they're waiting to see film on me this year and that they would be sending out a scholarship on Monday. It was a really exciting weekend."
What are the Rivals 250 prospect's thoughts on both schools now that they've offered?
"All along I was hoping and thought they would," he said. "I was at Notre Dame's camp and I thought they'd offer. The coaches at Miami told me it was just a matter of time, but now that they've offered I feel really good, comfortable and secure.
"Miami is obviously one of the top team's every year. They have tremendous competition and they are a great school with a great tradition. I went to camp at Notre Dame and I was really impressed with the school and campus. They've got a great tradition and I can tell something special is going to happen there in the next few years with coach Weis. By no means do I favor either of them now that they've offered, but they are definitely up there among my favorites."
Other schools in Olsen's favorites include Virginia, Boston College, Maryland, North Carolina, Syracuse and Michigan. Michigan is the only school to still not offer.
Meanwhile, two other schools have come on strong lately.
"My coach told me that Penn State and Tennessee are interested in offering me soon," he said. "Since they haven't offered yet they aren't up there. I know a lot about Penn State, while I don't know too much about Tennessee. I know Tennessee is good and if both of those schools offer they could have a spot in my list of favorites, but I'll have to do my homework."
By the end of the month, the four-star lineman is expecting to start narrowing his list to a top five. He will be visiting North Carolina on Monday of this week and UVa this Tuesday.
"Once I have my top five then I'll start scheduling my official visits," he said. "I plan to take all five visits, but I don't know with who."
The No. 4 player in New York was named offensive player of the year at his school, first team all-metro and third team all-state as a junior.
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