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John Olmstead ready for Nebraska visit
John Olmstead has big dreams, Rich Hilliard says. Dreams of playing football at the highest level. But Hilliard, who coaches Olmstead at Saint Joseph High School in Metuchen, N.J., said that the 4-star offensive lineman will exercise prudence and maturity when making his college decision.
Nebraska, which made Olmstead’s list of top-10 schools last month, will be among those contenders. During spring break this week, Olmstead is checking out several schools. On Tuesday, he was at LSU and spent Wednesday at Ole Miss. Olmstead’s unofficial visit with Nebraska will commence Friday. He wraps up his five-school swing with visits to Michigan and Notre Dame next week.
“A lot of Big Ten schools were early with him,” Hilliard told Land of 10. “That’s what really struck an interest.”
Ohio State, Wisconsin and Minnesota are also in the running for Olmstead, who is the No. 18 tackle and No. 168 overall Class of 2019 prospect in the 247Sports composite rankings.
“He wants to play at the highest [level] of football,” Hilliard said. “He wants to play against the best and the best competition.
“Big offensive-line schools are very near and dear to him.”
Since the new staff took over at Nebraska, Hilliard said he has not heard from them much. But by this point, it’s clear that communication ran from the program straight to the recruit. When Mike Cavanaugh, the former offensive line coach, first offered Olmstead, there was plenty of contact between Hilliard and the Huskers.
If Scott Frost and his assistant coaches can bring their winning ways to Lincoln, that would certainly entice Olmstead
“I’m sure that place is going to be turned around,” Hilliard said.
According to Hilliard, Olmstead is a strong student. He’s also a humble, well-rounded young man who comes from a good family — and an athletic one, too. Both of his parents were Division I athletes. Olmstead is the youngest of five children and all four of his sisters played college sports.
“He’s just a great young man, I can’t say enough good things about him,” Hilliard said. “He’s so athletic. When he puts that helmet on, he turns into a different kid. You can’t teach a kid what he has.”
Olmstead’s ability to get in the second level after his initial attack on the line makes him special, Hilliard said.
“He’s just looking downfield after the initial line of scrimmage and he wants to block somebody,” he said.
Initially, Hilliard’s target to make a decision was sometime this summer. But with 34 offers and so many elite programs vying for him, Olmstead does not want to rush his decision. His parents will make sure he takes all of the necessary visits, Hilliard said. It will eventually come down to the best place for him as a student and an athlete.
“They don’t have an agenda,” Hilliard said. “They want to see it through.”
Hilliard has coached Olmstead for three years now. He said honesty will be the main criterion Olmstead is looking for during these visits.
“John is going to look someone in the eye and try and get a read,” Hilliard said. “The most important thing is where he feels comfortable.”
The following story, Hilliard said, is a microcosm of who Olmstead is as both a person and player.
“John came flying off the field at me,” Hilliard told Land of 10’s Jesse Temple last week. “He said, ‘Coach, you can’t run that play. That guy’s too slow in front of me.’ I said, ‘John, we’re up 30 points. I’m trying to give him a chance.’ That shows you how he is. He’s just intense. Every play is 100 percent with that young man. I tell all the coaches that story because he just didn’t want to go down without giving his best effort.”
Nebraska offers two more prospects
Zach Marcheselli, a 3-star outside linebacker, announced he received a Nebraska offer on Wednesday. The Broken Arrow, Okla., prospect now has his first Big Ten offer. Marcheselli is the No. 46 outside linebacker and No. 631 overall prospect in the 247Sports composite. He is 6-2 and 220 pounds. The offer came from running backs coach Ryan Held, who is charge of recruiting Kansas and Oklahoma. North Texas, Texas Tech, Tulsa and Eastern Michigan are the other offers he holds.
On Tuesday, Nebraska offered a 6-6 tackle with only five prior offers — Taylor Miterko of Carlsbad, N.M. California and Washington State are the only other Power 5 programs to offer Miterko so far. He also has offers from Boise State, Rice and Texas State.
LeDarrius Cox commits to Tennessee
One of Nebraska’s top defensive tackle targets, 3-star recruit LeDarrius Cox, is no longer unattached. The 35th-ranked defensive tackle in the 2019 class announced his commitment to Tennessee on Wednesday. Cox attended the Volunteers’ junior day last month before unofficial visits to LSU and Ole Miss.
The Huskers’ staff, including Frost, visited the Mobile, Ala., native in January. They liked what they saw and offered him on the spot. Now, Tennessee has won another recruiting battle over Nebraska.
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