Coveted QB spends Thursday at USC

April 12, 2012 

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 Olsen’s father and coach Chris Olsen. “It was everything we thought it was going to be. It’s a beautiful campus. We spoke with Coach Spurrier and Coach Mangus and they were very impressive. They like Kevin. They didn’t 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 there’s no timetable. He’s been very impressed with the places he’s gone to. But it’s a hard decision to make.”

Kevin Olsen’s brother plays Greg for the Panthers, and there’s 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 that’s not a determining factor. We want him to be comfortable.”

Among Olsen’s 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.

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