Qadree Ollison had seen his recruitment sky rocket in recent months adding several major offers. He…
Trio of Schools Showing Ollison Most Interest
Qadree Ollison's talent and ability were kept isolated at Canisius High (Buffalo) until two months, and then the floodgates opened as the running back's offer total exploded to a dozen. With the spring evaluation period ongoing, schools are making the western New York school a must-stop place, and Thursday it was Rutgers and Penn State stopping by. "(Recruiting) can be a little stressful at times, but for the most part it's been really exciting and I'm just enjoying the whole process," Ollison said. "It's really exciting because the coaches take time out of their life to come visit. It's good for my teammates so the coaches can (see them) as well." Ollison talks regularly with coaches from a bundle of schools, but he said three schools are most intense with their interest. "I talk to Iowa a lot," he said. "They send me a lot of stuff. I talk to Pitt a lot. Rutgers, Iowa and Pitt, those are schools that send me stuff every day. Those are probably the three schools I interact with the most." Rutgers was one of Ollison's first offers, and he visited campus a month ago and the positive feeling he got while there has not subsided. "I get stuff from Rutgers every day," he said. "They send me letters, and I talk to (running backs) coach (Norries) Wilson and the staff all the time. They know I have a close connection with Rutgers. I've been to their campus, met all their coaches, saw one of the practices and saw a simulation of their game. I have a connection with them." Ollison visited Penn State last month, and the Nittany Lions returned the favor by visiting him. He did not receive an offer, but Penn State's willingness to travel to the school suggests its interest is genuine. "They have two running backs committed right now so they're limited with how many scholarships they can give out," Ollison said. "I can see keeping them on my radar in case something happens. It would be great if a scholarship does come along. If it doesn't, no hard feelings. I'll just move on." While schools are visiting Ollison, he made a recent trip to Pittsburgh to check out the campus and the facilities. "A lot of the coaches were out on the road so I didn't get to meet the head coach (Paul Chryst)," Ollison said. "A cool thing about them is their connection with the Steelers. When I went in there, I saw (players) going into the Steelers side. That's cool." Ollison's offer lists also includes Wisconsin, Boston College, Cincinnati, Indiana, Maryland and Syracuse, where he will be May 18 for an unofficial visit. "I know a little bit about them because they are close," Ollison said. "They have a ton of history behind them but I don't follow college football that much." Ollison added Ohio State is visiting Canisius High on May 22. He does not have any leaders and is yet to trim his list.
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