As a senior, former Wayne Hills HS quarterback Chris Olsen was being recruited heavily by many Division I programs. Virginia was one of those programs eager to sign the talented signal caller, and they were one of the first to offer according to Wayne Hills head coach Chris Olsen , Sr.
“Coach Groh was one of the first coaches to see Chris,” said Olsen Sr., who is the father of Chris and (now former Notre Dame tight end) Greg. “Chris visited Virginia twice during the spring of his junior year. The second time we visited, we left coach’s office and Chris told me that he thought he would commit to Virginia. I told him not to rush anything, so he waited. Then Notre Dame came into the picture, and he decided to make an early commitment to them.”
After red-shirting his freshman season at Notre Dame, Olsen earned offensive MVP honors for the Blue-Gold spring football game. In recent days, however, Olsen began to think that Notre Dame may not be the right place for him.
“He called me and said he thought things had changed,” said coach Olsen. “He wanted to make a change. It was nothing personal against Notre Dame – things were just different. So he gave me his short list of schools and told me to call them once he got his release. Once he got his release, I called Virginia and it was a good fit for everyone. They have a senior quarterback, so Chris would be in the mix next season.”
Olsen is currently at Virginia, signing the necessary transfer papers. He will sit out one year, and will have three years of eligibility remaining. He starts school Wednesday, and is very enthusiastic about his new beginning.
“Chris was so excited that he just drove down to Virginia immediately after leaving Notre Dame,” said coach Olsen. “He called coach Groh and told him how excited he was, and then we went down there.”
With Olsen soon to be in the fold, Virginia will have great depth and youth at the quarterback position. According to his father, Olsen brings a variety of talents to the table.
“Chris has an exceptionally strong arm…he’s a pro-style type quarterback,” said coach Olsen. “He has great size…he’s about 6-4, 230 pounds. He has good mobility. He had knee surgery the December following his senior year in high school, but he recovered so quickly that he did not have to wear a brace at all at Notre...
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