Former BYU quarterback Ben Olson has ended his recruitment and as many expected, committed to UCLA after also considering a handful of schools including Cal, Arizona State, Oregon and South Carolina.
"It just came down to a comfort level for me," Olson said. These were all great school but UCLA just felt like home. When I looked at everything, UCLA had the most pluses for me. I really like Coach Dorrell a lot and he has been recruiting me the past two years. I like the offense and coach Cable as well as quarterback coach Tom Svoboda. I think the program is turning a corner right now and it's exciting for me to be a part of it.
"The fact that the school is close to home so my friends and family can be there is another plus. After being away for a couple of years, it will be nice to have them around. The other schools I looked at were all great schools with great coaching staffs but I just felt UCLA was the best overall fit for me and I'm looking forward to getting out there in the spring and learning as much as I can. Drew (Olson) is a friend of mine and having him there so I can learn from him is another plus that I really wouldn't have had anywhere else."
Olson was one of the nation's top rated signal callers coming out of high school and was voted by 10 of the other 11 quarterbacks at the EA SPORTS Elite 11 as the top player in the camp. Olson signed with BYU over UCLA and USC and red-shirted his freshman year before going on his two year Mormon mission. Olson will have four years to play four and is arguably the schools biggest impact recruit since signing DeShaun Foster six years ago and the schools best quarterback prospect since Troy Aikman.