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November 25, 2013

Chad Olsen picks Fresno State

Chad Olsen didn't have time to see a Fresno State game in person for most of the season. But he finally got his opportunity for the final home game.

"I went to the New Mexico game," Olsen said. "Coach (Cameron) Norcross had been calling me every week for the past two months. He really wanted me to get down there for a game. I finally had the opportunity to go and I couldn't pass it up. I had so much fun at the camp and I just loved it there. I was dying to get back again."

After he got there, he decided that Fresno State was the school for him

"I was just trying to get a feel for the place and right off the bat, I was impressed," Olsen said. "We parked and noticed the amount of fans that were tailgating. The crowd and the energy was very harmonious to me. It's something I look for in a program. That's when I realized how incredible it is at Fresno State and that it's the right place for me."

The 6-foot-6 tight from Pleasant Valley High in Chico (Calif.) then verbally committed to the coaching staff.

"I met with coach Norcross and he took me to meet with coach (Tim) DeRuyter," Olsen said. "We sat down and talked some football for a little bit. That''s when I told him that I was in. After that, it got loud. Coach DeRuyter and coach Norcross were both very excited. They hugged me and they hugged my parents. It was fun, it was incredible and that's the part of the visit that I really liked the most. As soon as I said that I'm in and had verbally committed, it was open arms from everyone. All the coaches and players that I was introduced to the rest of the day said welcome to the family. I got hugs from everyone. I loved it and soaked in all of it."

He's also excited to be a part of a team that's having such a tremendous season.

"They're doing incredible this year," Olsen said. "They're 10-0 so they have some good things going. I love the spread offense and the no huddle. It's very fast paced and it's something that I'm all about. I also think that it's a unique opportunity for me. I'm not just going into a really good school and helping them stay really good. I'm going into a school that's really good but I think I can help make even better. I think that's the part I fell in love with the most. I feel like I can really make an impact there."

Fresno State's coaches are telling Olsen that they expect an impact right away.

"They want me to play as a freshman and I don't mind," Olsen said. "I love getting to work right away."

There are other plans before he's suiting up for the Bulldogs. He still plans to take an official campus visit. It'll happen as soon as his schedule gets less hectic.

"I'm talking to coach DeRuyter and coach Norcross about getting an official visit done in January," Olsen said. "We don't have an official date yet but we'll be figuring that out within the next couple of weeks. I wanted to get it done sooner but I'm jumping right into basketball season. January is when the schedule is a little more consistent and I'm able to plan better. We play in a lot of tournaments in December."

Olsen only plans to make room on his calendar for one of those trips.

"I'm just shutting down shop," Olsen said. "I love the school and the coaches. I'm all Fresno right now and I'm shutting it down."


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