It’s been four games and Ben Olson’s statistics aren’t exactly what he had hoped for. He’s passed for four touchdowns, while throwing seven interceptions.
But the native Californian still has a smile on his face. That’s because on Friday night his Thousand Oaks team won its first conference game, a bout against rival Westlake Village 21-14.
Last year, T.O. lost to Westlake 49-0. That’s quite a turnaround.
“This year, it’s more about winning than it is stats,” Olson explained. “We’re trying to go out there and get into the playoffs.”
Olson, a 6-foot-5, 210-pound southpaw, is considered the nation’s No. 1 pro-style quarterback by Rivals100.com.
Olson also has his choice of colleges. It’s a choice that he says he is inching closer to making.
The finalists for his services are BYU, Stanford, UCLA and USC.
Olson, who is Mormon, really likes new BYU coach Gary Crowton. He went to Las Vegas this past weekend to watch the Cougars play UNLV.
“I really like their offense. I think it’s awesome.”
But BYU is by no means a shoe-in. UCLA, USC and Stanford each has its own appeal.
He says he likes UCLA’s closeness to home and the fact that he knows a couple of players on the team, back-up quarterback Scott McEwen and receiver Ryan Smith, both former players at T.O.
He also saw USC defeat San Jose State this year and likes the tradition-rich Trojan program. Meanwhile, he’s still filling out the paperwork to be accepted academically by Stanford.
“It’s a hard decision. All of the schools have something special. But I think I’m getting closer to making it. It won’t be tomorrow but I’d think I’ll probably make the decision sometime here in the next month,” Olson said.