Shaky, 2 minute video of Qadree Ollison making his announcement at Canisius High in Buffalo? Sure.
As for what went into the decision.
“When I went on my visit there, I’ve been there two or three times, it felt like a great place to be,” said Ollison. “I had a really nice relationship with the coaches, I had a really nice feel for the campus.
“I think those are the things that ultimately make your decision. Because every place is going to have nice facilities, great academics, but how do you feel when you go there? You know, do you feel like you can live at that place for the next four years and potentially the rest of your life.”
His high school coach was also his tour guide.
On coach Robbins: “He went to North Allegany and when he went down with me, he showed me around the city and showed me everything,” said Ollison, who was joined by Robbins during his official visit last Monday, which included a sideine view of Pitt’s loss to Florida State on Heinz Field.
“I’m from the area and know a lot of people down there, and when we were down there for a few visits I was able to tell him the good restaurants and different things like that,” said Robbins, who said he stayed neutral while Qadree and father Wayne went through their options. “‘Q’ and Wayne didn’t leave any stone unturned — they know how many linemen are in the program, how many running backs. It really came down to a family, comfortable atmosphere. We kind of have a family atmosphere at Canisius, he felt some similar things were happening there.”
So that didn’t hurt. Rich Robbins was not a Pitt or PSU guy. He went to Alfred University (around Rochester and Buffalo, apparently). Which I suppose was a nice counterbalance to Canisius grad and starting linebacker at PSU John Urschel.
“John’s great. He’s a great guy. But at the end of the day, this was going to be my decision. It was tough saying no to some of the other schools — especailly when I made my top five and saying no to those other 10. It was definitely tough.”
Ollison was supposed to attend the EMU-PSU game on Saturday but changed his mind at the last minute, after playing the night before. Penn State has a couple running backs in their recruiting class, so this is an annoying but not devastating blow to their recruiting. This bit is a little more of a problem for the Nits.
Penn State, meanwhile, got more bad news. Dravon Henry, the four-star defensive back from Aliquippa, has informed the Nittany Lions that he has eliminated them from contention, Scout.com’s Brian Dohn reported on Monday. Considered by some to be Penn State’s No. 1 target remaining in this recruiting class, Henry has narrowed his list to Pitt, West Virginia and Ohio State.