The All-American Bowl Selection Tour was by Wheaton (Ill.) Warrenville South on Monday morning to honor future Michigan State kicker Jack Olsen. *article by STEVE WILTFONG Oct 21, 9:03 AM 247Sports.com
Olsen will cap his prep career with this prestigious honor, playing in front of 40,000 fans and a national TV audience on NBC from inside the Alamo Dome in San Antonio, Texas on Jan. 4.
“It’s exciting and I’m blessed to be part of this elite group and play with the top 100 players in the country,” Olsen said.
“I’m looking forward to getting to know the other top players and learn about them and I’m excited to be put under this big spotlight and understanding and getting experience of what it’s like with so many people watching, which is what I’m going to have to experience in college so it will be good to learn.”
The 5-foot-11, 170-pound Olsen is ranked by the industry-generated 247Sports Composite as the No. 3 kicker in the country. His longest field goal in a game is 53 yards, he’s hit from 67 yards in practice “with a lot of wind” and from 63 yards inside.
Olsen gave the Spartans his pledge back in June.
“My dream was to always play Big Ten and Michigan State is Big Ten high-level football,” Olsen said. “Being from the Midwest everyone is watching them and looking and talking about those games. Coach (Mark) Dantonio, I like the stuff he has going on with the program with the brotherhood and family. Coach Mark Staten the special teams coach I talk to him often.
“But what makes Michigan State unique to others is they have a specialized kicking coach Shayne Graham who was in the NFL 15-plus years and I believe he’ll help me get to the next level and make me the best I can possibly be and I’ll be able to learn so much from him.”