Niagara Gazette

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June 25, 2013

Ollison cuts list to five

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Niagara Gazette — New Jersey's Rutgers presents an opportunity to play near New York City, which allows for increased media coverage, Ollison wrote. He also made note of how much the coaching staff has promoted family, as well as the move to the Big Ten.

He cited Syracuse's rich history at running back, in Pro Football Hall of Famer Jim Brown and Heisman winner Ernie Davis. He also pointed to the school's location, being less than three hours from home, as well as the coaching staff's emphasis on "keeping New York's top talent in-state." Like Pittsburgh, the Orange are moving to the ACC.

Finally, he wrote about Wisconsin's academic prestige ("70 of their academic programs are considered in the top 10 nationally"), as well as it's success with a run-first offense. The Badgers have represented the Big Ten in the Rose Bowl each of the past three seasons and have been home to star collegiate running backs such as Montee Ball, Ron Dayne and John Clay, each with similar size to the 6-foot-1, 225-pound Ollison.

Ollison added that he's still willing to listen to incoming offers, but he'll be turning his focus to the five listed as he attempts to make a decision before his senior season.

Wayne Ollison, Qadree's father, confirmed that the tentative plan is to announce a commitment on Sept. 4, two days before Cansius' first game of the season.

"We're going on an official visit to Pitt on Sept. 1," he said. "Then we'll come home, look at each of the schools and hopefully come to a decision."

Any commitment made in September will be verbal, as recruits cannot sign a National Letter of Intent until February per NCAA rules.

Follow Gazette sports reporter Mike Meiler on Twitter @mikemeiler for updates on your local teams.

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