Although the threat of NCAA sanctions continue to swirl at Miami, they aren’t affecting one of the Hurricanes’ top recruits.
QB Kevin Olsen said he’s not fazed by the thought of additional penalties stemming from a scandal involving a rogue booster’s claims that he provided benefits to players and recruits.
“I don’t think that there’s going to be any hard sanctions or anything like that,” the four-star recruit said last week before Friday’s Under Armour All-America Game. “Maybe a couple scholarships here and there.”
Possible sanctions have affected at least one high-profile recruit. Jesuit two-way star Travis Johnson’s mother cited the ongoing investigation as one reason why he decommitted from UM last month.
Olsen, a 6-foot-2, 195-pound New Jersey resident and ESPN’s No. 5 quarterback, said he has plenty of reasons to stick with the Hurricanes, starting with coach Al Golden.
“I think that coach Golden has the team getting back to where they were, what everybody thought of Miami back in the day when they were winning national championships and producing Heisman Trophy winners…” Olsen said. “I think they have the program going back in the right direction.”
Olsen’s family is also tied to UM. His older brother, Greg, was a standout tight end for the Hurricanes who became a first-round pick by the Bears in 2007.
“He’s always giving me the little advice, here and there,” said Olsen, who finished 5-of-15 passing for 22 yards and two sacks in Friday night’s loss at Tropicana Field.
As Olsen’s recruitment enters its final stretch before next month’s signing day, he has a handful of good advisers surrounding him. His other older brother, Christian, played quarterback at Virginia, and his father, Chris, has been his high school coach who’s dealt with colleges for years.
“He knows when the coaches are telling us BS,” Olsen said, “or when they’re telling us what’s really going to happen.”