ESPNU has confirmed that Buckingham, Browne & Nichols offensive tackle Eric Olson has verbally committed to Northwestern for the fall of 2012.
The 6-foot-6, 270-pound Sudbury resident is the No. 2 ranked prospect in Massachusetts. He was also considering Boston College, Michigan, Duke, Virginia, UConn and UMass at the time of his commitment.
Scouts Inc's current evaluation on Olson reads as follows:
Olson displays the explosion and playing strength necessary to dominate as a run blocker against his present level of opposition. Has the size and athleticism for the offensive tackle position at the major level of competition. We see some lower body stiffness however his balance and agility still allow him to play on his feet in space; from a three point stance this prospect comes off the ball low and hard demonstrating the ability to get immediate push when single and double team blocking. We like his initial quickness, fit and pad level; his solid blocking base and persistent leg drive allow him to sustain. Flashes the foot quickness necessary to gain leverage on shaded defensive linemen and we feel he has the ability to consistently get a hat on active 1st and 2nd level defenders. This guy has the athletic and physical tools to make all the required run blocks at the next level of play. His arm length and quick hands should be assets in pass protection; flashes good initial set quickness showing the ability to slide and play flat footed. Will need to improve his bend and overall base; plays to tall and straight legged at times, leaning in instead of using his arm length. All areas of hand use will need refinement including punch and location. This is a tough customer who finishes with the nasty attitude we look for when evaluating offensive linemen. Olson may need some time and perhaps a red shirt year to add bulk to his frame while polishing his technical skills; once accomplished he should have a long and productive career at the BCS level of play.