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Friday, September 6, 2013
A look at Ollison's upcoming decision

By Jared Shanker

The recruiting rivalry is not as intense as some of those down in Florida or the SEC, but Penn State and Pittsburgh are often going head-to-head for prospects. The two are going at it once more for a three-star running back.

Qadree Ollison (Buffalo, N.Y./Canisius) is deciding 3:15 p.m. on Monday at his high school after taking visits to Penn State and Pitt this week. He took in Pitt on an official visit earlier this week for the Florida State game, and he will visit Penn State beginning on Friday.

At this juncture, it looks like the Nittany Lions will be on the receiving end of Ollison’s verbal commitment. Although he officially lists a final five, it is realistically down to Penn State and Pitt, and he recently canceled an official visit to Wisconsin once he learned his Penn State offer became committable. Wisconsin looked to be one of the favorites, but the communication between the two parties has tapered off recently.

Penn State is a school Ollison has been high on all along, and he was at the Lions’ spring game despite not having an offer at the time. He also hastily put together a visit to Penn State for this coming weekend. Penn State has mined Canisius before, too, as offensive lineman John Urschel is from the school.

There are a few factors in Pitt’s corner, however. The atmosphere at Heinz Field was, as one high school coach put it, “like a Steelers game.” The crowd support has often been criticized by recruits and opposing coaches. The Panthers also have an opening at running back following Rushel Shell’s exit.

Ollison’s decision will become public Monday, but it is hard to see him picking a school other than Penn State.