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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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