August 27, 2014

Highly rated quarterback coming to see USC practice

Kevin Olsen

USC is strongly in the mix with one of the top quarterbacks in the country in Kevin Olsen (6-3 196) of Wayne, NJ. Olsen and his father, who is also his coach, will visit the Gamecocks April 12th. According to Wayne Hills High School assistant coach John Goldstein, USC, North Carolina, Miami, Auburn, Wisconsin and Arkansas are the final six schools with Olsen who wants to make his decision before his senior season. Next week the Olsens will also visit North Carolina. Olsen’s brother Greg is a tight end with the Panthers, so they will be in Charlotte to visit him as part of their trip. Last week Olsen visited Miami and Auburn. He will also visit Wisconsin and possibly Arkansas. “He’s liked all the visits so far,” Goldstein said. “He’s looking for coaching stability, somebody he can trust, and the quarterback coach will be big. He wants to go somewhere where they can get him to the next level.” Last season Olsen passed for 1686 yards and 20 touchdowns. “He’s got everything they are looking for,” Goldstein said. “He can make every pass, he’s got experience, and he’s a winner.”

QB Corey Todd (6-4 225) of Naples, FL will make a visit to USC Tuesday to watch the Gamecocks practice. Todd’s father, who is a USC graduate, said his son is with family in Greenwood Monday night and will be driving down to Columbia Tuesday. “USC is his #1 choice if he were to get an offer to go there,” his father said. “Coach Mangus has been in touch with him the while time.” Todd plans to camp at USC this summer where he will get the chance to throw in front of Mangus and Steve Spurrier. Other schools showing interest include Notre Dame, Duke, North Carolina, Nebraska, Miami, Wofford and Colgate. Notre Dame scouted him last spring and has invited him to its spring game later this month, which he will attend. Todd quarterbacks in a spread option offense and is considered a dual threat quarterback. Last season he had about 1200 yards passing and 1300 yards rushing.

ATH TJ Taylor (6-3 180) of Monmouth Junction, NJ plans to make an unofficial visit to USC Thursday for a Gamecock spring practice. The Gamecocks are still evaluating Taylor and have not yet offered. He plays receiver and safety. Last season Taylor had 17 catches for 508 yards and 7 touchdowns, and 54 tackles with 8 passes broken up. Taylor has an offer from Temple. He’s also drawing interest from Boston College, Central Florida and NC State. He has visited Boston College.

OL Lucas Crowley (6-3 275) of Ponte Vedra, FL has offers from USC and Missouri with interest from Florida, Florida State, Alabama, South Florida, Georgia Tech and West Virginia among others. Crowley took in USC’s junior day Saturday and walked away impressed with the coaching staff. “I really like South Carolina a lot and I really like their coaches,” Crowley said. “I’ve been to a few games up there so I’m familiar with that aspect of it but this is the first time I’ve been to a practice. I really like how the coaches interact with the players. They are really enthusiastic.” Crowley named USC, Alabama, Florida and FSU as schools of interest. “It does mean something to me that South Carolina has already offered,” he admitted. “They are showing a lot of trust in me to offer without seeing me in person (at a camp).” He plans to visit Florida for the second time this spring next week and hopes to take trips to USF and Georgia Tech as well.  Over the summer, Crowley could attend camps at FSU, Alabama, Florida and West Virginia. Though he does not have a timetable for a decision he did say, “I would not be afraid to make an early commitment.” Crowley did not name a leader.