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Olive Picks Portland State
Federal Way (Wash.) defensive tackle Uso Olive made a commitment to Portland State over the weekend. "The area and the hospitality really sold me," said Olive. I like the coaching staff, I love Nigel and I believe in the program. They are a family, and being a part of a family is better than being part of a team." Olive took a couple of trips down to Portland, including this past week when he committed. "I really like the environment, its urban and in the city," said Olive. "There is a lot of stuff to do and I don't think you'll get bored." Olive had reported an offer from Arizona State, which went away when the Sun Devils received commitments from other programs, as well as interest from several Pac-12 programs. "I think honestly a bunch of coaches have said to be patient and it had just been too long… when the offer came I needed to take it," said Olive. "I'm not going to visit ASU now, two guys committed and the spot went away, the offer was stripped." Olive is well tied in with a bunch of prospects in the Evergreen State and said he'll do his best to lure them down south. "Not lot of guys want to play Division I-AA, everyone wants to play in the Pac-12," said Olive. "It's hard to convince guys to play there. Every coach wants you to commit but they don't have to commit to you, I have to lock me up a spot." "WSU just stripped offers from five guys, so I have to think about if I committed somewhere else and the offer got taken away," said Olive. "Would PSU still be there? I know Coach Burton and I know his word is good." Olive is still hearing from some of the programs that were in contact with him before and left the door cracked to exploring some other options. "I am still hearing from OSU, WSU, Colorado, Nebraska, UW, I feel like Colorado is the closest to offering," said Olive. "If more offers come in then I am open to taking visits." So what does it feel like to have your college decision over with? "Ah man, a relief… a lot of weight went off my shoulders," said Olive. "I was more focused on recruiting then on the team, now I can focus on the team and winning a title. I feel happy and blessed." The Portland State coaching staff seemed to share Olive's excitement. "I told them when I was down there," said Olive. "Coach Burton didn't believe me; he told me that it's sad some of the schools passed me up. He thinks he took the best DT out of Washington and he had me tell the whole team after practice." Jake Worthen is a West Recruiting Analyst for Scout.com. Follow him on Twitter | Contact him at E-Mail | .
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