When you look at quarterback recruits you look to see if they have size, arm strength, pocket awareness, leadership and the ability to grow into the position. When Bleacher Report’s Full Ride spent the day with Wayne Hills, New Jersey quarterback Kevin Olsen, who is regarded by most scouting services as one of the top 10 passers in the class of 2013, we found a kid who may even be a tad underrated.
His one brother, Greg, is the starting tight end for the Carolina Panthers. His other, Chris, played quarterback at Virginia. His father and coach, Chris, is a legendary New Jersey figure who has captured eight state championships.
So, how could a recruit with Kevin’s pedigree be underrated?
I am not sure, but my guess is scouts haven’t seen how hard he works off the field or how he is continuing to grow into his frame that should allow him to easily fill out to over 6’4" and 220 pounds.
During our visit with Kevin, we saw a quarterback who has picture-perfect mechanics and complete command of the chalkboard. Like quarterback prodigy David Sills, who we featured in February, Olsen’s work in the film room is what sets him apart from a lot of other junior quarterbacks. You can go inside the film room to see how Olsen won a state title by clicking here.
It is no surprise that power programs from around the country are recruiting Olsen. He currently holds offers from Miami, Florida State, Stanford, Arkansas, Wisconsin, Alabama, Florida and Auburn.
While Olsen did not indicate a leader for his services, he did note that he wants to play in a pro-style offense where the quarterback takes snaps from under center.
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