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UM landed a key verbal commitment for the 2013 class, when Wayne Hills (N.J.) High quarterback Kevin Olsen called Al Golden Friday morning and told him he is going to Miami.

Olsen is the brother of Carolina Panthers and former UM tight end Greg Olsen.

"Kevin always felt very strong about Miami," said his father and high school coach, Chris Olsen.  "He had some good choices. Last week or two, he indicated to my wife and me that he wanted to go to Miami. My wife and I said, 'Let's make sure.' On Wednesday night, he wanted to call coach Golden. I wanted him to make sure [and take another day]."

Chris Olsen said Kevin "bought into Miami getting back to being Miami. He built up a great relationship with Jedd Fisch. We've had a good relationship with Al. The offense that Jedd is running fits Kevin. Jedd's background with the NFL is a plus with the quarterback position. They have a beautiful campus, outstanding academic school. All those things factored in. Greg was happy to hear" of his brother's commitment but never put any pressure on his brother.

Chris Olsen also said Al Golden was happy to hear the news, and he does not expect UM to sign another quarterback in the 2013 class. Though his oral commitment is non-binding, Chris Olsen said his son will DEFINITELY go to UM.

Olsen, 6-3, is rated the nation's No. 7 quarterback by rivals.com and 131st among all prospects. ESPN ranks him 77th among all high school players.

On a run-oriented team, he threw for 1786 yards, 20 touchdowns and five interceptions last season. He is 22-2 in two years as a starter, 6-0 in state playoff games and 2-0 in state championship games.

South Carolina, Auburn and Wisconsin were Olsen's other finalists. FSU, Iowa and North Carolina were among others that offered.

Olsen will play in the Under Armour Game in January in Orlando and has been invited to the Elite Eleven in California in July, where he will be coached by Trent Dilfer and other former pros. Typically, the top quarterbacks in the nation are invited to that event.

Looking ahead to 2013 - when Olsen arrives - Stephen Morris will be a senior in 2013 and Ryan Williams will be a junior then. Gray Crow and Preston Dewey will be freshmen this season, but one or both likely will redshirt in 2012. And Westminster Christian's David Thompson also will enroll at UM this summer if he passes on becoming a pro baseball player instead. Thompson's father said he plans to enroll.

Meanwhile, both Morris and Williams spoke Friday and offered different takes on their ongoing competition. Morris is widely considered the clear front-runner by people in and around the program, but would be at risk if he's clearly outperformed by Williams in August.

But when asked who has the edge, Williams said Friday, "I would guess me because [Morris] didn't play spring. He still has to get back into it, still recovering. He doesn't know what his physical limitations are. Hopefully, he's back to 100 percent, so he doesn't have any."

Morris, who missed the spring after back surgery, said he is fully recovered and is having no issues with the back.

Morris said, "I think we're even. Ryan is doing a great job for himself... A lot of guys look up to me, so I feel I'm a leader right now."

### Safety Yeremiah Bell, cut by the Dolphins in March, signed with the Jets for one year and $1.4 million. The Dolphins essentially replaced Bell with Tyrell Johnson, who is much younger but was a second-round disappointment for the Vikings.

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LakeWorthCane

Well, this is certainly a good sign. I've read about this young man. He's not a "maybe." He's a genuine blue-chip player with a strong football pedigree, a solid work ethic and strong character; the kind of guy who's going to play to win, not to merely get by until he can enter the pro draft.

As well, his timing is great. He'll come to UM, have a year to get settled, learn the system and get to know his teammates, and then be ready to start in 2014.

A lot can happen between now and then, but nobody can control the future, and for right now it all looks good.

More than that, this bodes really well for Golden, Fisch and company. It shows that they're putting together the kind of organization that will attract quality players who, when they choose a school, do so on an informed basis.

I'm not holding my breath until the 'Canes get back to championship-level status. I think it'll be at least a couple of years yet.

This next season will tell a lot: Golden's second year, and mostly with players he recruited.

But with this commitment, I'm at least becoming more hopeful that the 'Canes can get back on top and start delivering some slobber-knocking payback to those teams who've treaded (trod? trodden?) on them over the last several years.

I'd like to see Golden get it done. He seems like a genuinely good guy with sincere intentions, a lot of drive and no small measure of football acumen.

Between Golden, Muschamp and Fisher, I think Golden is clearly--clearly--the superior performer. It seems like Muschamp is in over his head at UF, and I think Fisher's overload of five-star prima donnas is going to cause more problems than solutions; it's a big mistake to recruit players based on the number of stars after their names: especially more than one for the same positions.

I'm not a gamblin' man, but I got 10 bucks that says FSU loses at least two games this year to teams they'll be favored to beat, and one of them--because Golden's a better all-around coach (he wears ties; Fisher wears sunglasses--it's obvious) and has recruited higher-quality personnel--will be the 'Canes.

Georgia Cane

If he's a dissapoinment, then he'll fit right in with the Dolphins.

johnny

I love it when recruits chose UM because theres no other choice, they were born to be hurricanes, his brother played here and I love the fact that he still wants to play here with the pending NCAA investigation. Welcome to the U kid!!!

T-Bone

Hope he honers his commitment better than both his older brothers who went to several colleges after making their commitments.

Penguin

Kudos to Al Golden. Although if T-Bone is right, I hope that Golden will continue shopping for a quarterback.

Big D Buck

I know this kid and his Dad. I now live in NJ.This is huge for Miami. I am surprised that he committed so quickly. Character guy who will work hard. I wish my Buckeyes would have had a shot. I suppose that Urban's offensive scheme doesn't fit Kevin's game.

william foor

O.K.

rboud

The acid test for this next class will be how they react before signing day when UM receives, more than likely, major penalties from the NCAA. If Golden can get and keep blue chip recruits after the negative news and negative recruiting that are sure to come, he truly is a recruiting wizard.

Hugh Vballz

At LakeWorthCane that's a prayer in disguise. Just let FSU get theirs.

Joe

Seems like a nice verbal and appears to be sincere.That s a big plus for Miami before the sanctions come.Can t wait to get them and move on.Hopefully......Miami will learn very well from them in the long run.With Coach Golden and his integrity ...I believe it s already in place.Olsen s brother was an excellent player for the U.No nonsense and a productive,blue collar guy.Golden s now got for next season.....5 QB s instead of 2 like last year.GO CANES.

Ba

Expect FSU to beat Miami again. FSU is just more talented and more veteran.

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