COLLEGE PARK, MD - SEPTEMBER 05: Head coach Al Golden of the Miami Hurricanes watches from the sidelines during the second half against the Maryland Terrapins at Byrd Stadium on September 5, 2011 in College Park, Maryland. Maryland won 32-24. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
The Miami Hurricanes have their quarterback of the future, as the saying goes. He is Kevin Olsen, a consensus four-star quarterback from New Jersey and younger brother of ex-Cane Greg Olsen. His commitment to Al Golden and his staff wasn't completely unexpected, but it's certainly a nice feather in the cap as it is. Here is where Olsen is rated by the major recruiting services:
- Rivals: No. 7 pro-style QB, No. 131 overall
- ESPN: No. 7 pro-style QB, No. 77 overall
- 24/7: No. 5 pro-style QB, No. 51 overall
- Scout: No. 5 pro-style QB, No 61 overall
So, Miami is getting a really good prospect, and probably its best quarterback recruit since Kyle Wright came to Coral Gables as part of the 2003 class. But, part of recruiting is remembering to marinate on names like Kyle Wright, and it's important that we do so as we also celebrate Olsen's commitment.
This is obvious and rudimentary, but it always bears repeating: Kevin Olsen is not the savior, at least not yet. If there's any fanbase who should easily remember that it's one burned by Brock Berlin and Kyle Wright -- who were two of the most celebrated quarterback recruits in the nation while in high school -- and Robert Marve and Jacory Harris, two of the most successful high school quarterbacks in the history of the state of Florida.
Olsen's situation is certainly quite different. The coaching staff in place now seems much better (and hopefully will be more stable) than who Berlin, Wright, Marve and Harris were guided by. Olsen's commitment definitely means something, mainly that high profile recruits may not be scared away by whatever NCAA sanctions loom down the road. But Miami and Kevin Olsen still have a far road to travel from "something."