“We certainly had a good relationship with Jedd and really liked him. And we certainly anticipate the next guy being very similar — whoever it may be.”
UM filled the opening by hiring James Coley away from Florida State on Thursday.
Because of Chris Olsen’s coaching career and New Jersey roots, the Olsens go way back with Jersey-native Golden. Christian Olsen, at 29 the oldest Olsen brother, played as a quarterback for Virginia during Golden’s tenure there as defensive coordinator.
Kevin said he recalls going to the Virginia-Miami games “wearing a jersey that was half Virginia and half Miami.
“Those were my favorite games.”
His mother, Susan, a retired high school physical education teacher and softball coach, described Kevin as “a cross between Greg and Christian. He’s very even-keeled, very steady. He can be outgoing, and he’s very comfortable around adults because he’s grown up with a lot of coaches around him.”
She said it was Kevin who wrote and presented his father with a farewell speech at the recent football banquet. “He just blew everyone away,” Susan Olsen said. “When it was all done, he stood there real calm, and there were tears rolling down our faces. More than 300 people gave him a standing ovation.
“I said to Christian and Greg, ‘I wish you could have been there to see your brother.’ Sometimes he’s quiet and you wish you could get more out of him, just like every other kid, but when it’s time for him to express himself, he brings people to their feet.”
On the football field, recruiting analysts say Olsen is a smart, savvy signal-caller who has a good arm, though not as strong as Morris’, and will put his players in position to do the work.
“Olsen is a Ken Dorsey type — smart,” said Charles Fishbein, a recruiting analyst for Elite Scouting Services. “He comes from a football family so he knows the game real well, he’s got good mechanics and he’s accurate.”
Tom Luginbill, national director of recruiting for ESPN, praised Olsen as “a very polished kid” and said, “Obviously he’s been very well-groomed and has a high ceiling for development.
“The college weight room will help him — his frame will fill out and he’ll get stronger. He’s a really good ball handler and understands timing and anticipation and the things that go along with innate qualities a quarterback has to have.”
Greg Olsen came to watch his younger brother practice at Wayne Hills High last summer before Kevin left to compete, eventually faring well, at ESPN’s Elite 11 skills competition camp in Redondo Beach, Calif.
Greg made it a point to tell The Record newspaper of Hackensack, N.J., that though he couldn’t wait for Kevin to play at Miami, it was Kevin’s decision, not Greg’s, to play for UM.
“It was the only fair way to do it,” Greg Olsen told The Record. “I had my chance to pick a college and now it’s his time. … He had to make the decision that was best for him, and I think he did.”