One of the top quarterback prospects in the country, Kevin Olsen of Wayne, N.J., made an unofficial visit to South Carolina on Thursday with his father to watch the Gamecocks final spring practice.
Olsen and his father also spent time afterward with USC head coach Steve Spurrier and quarterbacks coach G.A. Mangus.
I think today went extremely well, said Olsens father and coach Chris Olsen. It was everything we thought it was going to be. Its a beautiful campus. We spoke with Coach Spurrier and Coach Mangus and they were very impressive. They like Kevin. They didnt push hard. They were very low key, very professional.
Olsen also has visited Miami, Auburn, Florida State and North Carolina. He will visit Wisconsin next weekend and might take some visits over the summer.
Right now there is no favorite.
He would like to (commit) before the season, Coach Olsen said. But theres no timetable. Hes been very impressed with the places hes gone to. But its a hard decision to make.
Kevin Olsens brother plays Greg for the Panthers, and theres a school of thought the family would like him to sign with a school that would put them close to Charlotte so they could see both boys play.
In a perfect world, if it turns out like that, that would be awesome, Coach Olsen said. But thats not a determining factor. We want him to be comfortable.
Among Olsens other offers are Arkansas, Iowa, East Carolina, Rutgers, Alabama, Stanford, Michigan State and Georgia.
Last season he passed for 1,686 yards and 20 touchdowns.