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Tigers add QB depth with Stanford transfer


  by - Staff Writer - Wednesday, April 30, 2014 8:40 PM
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Olson will be available to play immediately

The Clemson coaching staff added depth to a thin quarterback position with the addition of Stanford transfer quarterback David Olson Wednesday afternoon.

Olson graduated from Stanford in March and was actively looking for a place to play during his final year of eligibility, and it just so happens that Clemson provided the perfect opportunity.

The Stanford graduate is a native of Columbia, S.C., and was a 4-star prospect coming out of Irmo High School, after passing for 1,857 yards and 18 touchdowns, while rushing for five touchdowns.

After a tumultuous spring for Clemson and its quarterback situation, the 6-3, 220-pound Olson told TigerNet that he reached out to the Clemson coaches.

“I graduated a quarter early from Stanford, so that was in late March,” Olson told TigerNet Wednesday evening. “From there, I was essentially looking around into situations that had one year of eligibility where I could go in and contribute and help a team. I looked at some smaller schools along the way, but I first got in touch with Clemson after the spring game. They had the news break about their quarterback situation and I sent them an email and they got back with me a few days later and they said they were interested. That is how the whole thing got going, and we went on the visit today.”

The Clemson coaches were very up front with Olson about the quarterback situation and about the status of the starting spot.

“They told me that Cole (Stoudt) is the starter,” Olson said. “He earned that in the spring and I respect that. It’s the coach’s decision and something that I respect and I would do the same thing if I were in their position. They told me they were running a little short and quarterback and they thought I could come in and be a reliable option. I am going to come in and compete in camp. I know the only film they have seen from me is from high school and I am a completely different player now. I am ready to go in and show them I can be the starter and prepare like the starter.”

However, the decision was still an easy one.

“I just went on a visit with my parents today and we were shown around by Coach Brad Scott,” Olson said. “At the end of the visit, around 2 p.m., we met with Coach Swinney and they offered and I committed. I am going to start school on May 14th for the first summer semester.”

Olson’s path to Stanford was different that most college prospects – he played behind two very good quarterbacks at Irmo and didn’t get a chance to start until his senior year.


“I didn’t play very much my junior year, and when I went to camps the summer after my junior year I really didn’t have any film to show the coaches,” he said. “I threw well, but by then a lot of schools had their commitments early and a lot of places were already full. I had originally been committed to Princeton, but they went through a coaching change. It was about that time that I got a call from Stanford, and Coach (Jim) Harbaugh wanted me to come out and visit. That turned out to be the best situation for me.

Now, he gets a chance to play for the school he grew up rooting for, and he detailed additional reasons why he chose Clemson.

“The coaches are some of the best in the country and they were very honest about their situation,” Olson said. “They said that they would love to have me and said I would have a chance to come in and compete for a certain spot on the depth chart. It’s close to home and I have been a fan of Clemson football my whole live. It’s something I couldn’t turn down. I’m very excited about this opportunity to be a member of the Clemson family.”


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New Story: Tigers add QB depth with Stanford transfer
TigerNet News®
Watson will red shirt***
Buffalo Creek Tiger
Watson will red shirt*** - yep, needs to bulk - bigger and
tigeron
Only played in one game his entire career.***
Smiling Tiger®
Doubt it. Watson will be the backup still.***
Tiger Woods
I seriously doubt it. With Kelly gone, it will be all Watson
Smiling Tiger®
Re: I seriously doubt it. With Kelly gone, it will be all Watson
1988NC
Re: I seriously doubt it. With Kelly gone, it will be all Watson
slumdog
Re: I seriously doubt it. With Kelly gone, it will be all Watson
BentZero
Re: I seriously doubt it. With Kelly gone, it will be all Watson
CU_Kobe_24®
Gave you the point for id'ing our unique QB situation
camcgee®
"BESIDES" Cole . . . our other QB's have 9 collegiate snaps***
Rocky the Tiger®
Re: "BESIDES" Cole . . . our other QB's have 9 collegiate snaps***
slumdog
Re: Gave you the point for id'ing our unique QB situation
CU_Kobe_24®
Schuessler, I'm reckoning . . .***
Rocky the Tiger®
yep***
CU_Kobe_24®
Good stuff. That is thin as thin can be !!!***
Rocky the Tiger®
Re: Good stuff. That is thin as thin can be !!!***
slumdog
Mmmmm. A cold stout would go down nice about now.***
BaronVonBarlow®
I'm going to have one (or six) after my final today***
CU_Kobe_24®
Re: I'm going to have one (or six) after my final today***
slumdog
Re: Mmmmm. A cold stout would go down nice about now.***
slumdog
Re: I seriously doubt it. With Kelly gone, it will be all Watson
slumdog
Bet that FSU fans wish Winston had not RS'd
Mighty Zep®
Re: I seriously doubt it. With Kelly gone, it will be all Watson
slumdog
Watson would just be our #3 QB
camcgee®
Re: Watson would just be our #3 QB
1988NC
Re: Watson would just be our #3 QB
lhaselden
Re: Watson would just be our #3 QB
slumdog
Watson will play enough this year to...
ClemsonTiger1988®
I hope he does but am 50/50 on if it happens, and to those
truetiger1998
Re: I hope he does but am 50/50 on if it happens, and to those
slumdog
Re: Watson will red shirt***
slumdog
Actually...***
Prime T. Tiger
Great news! But how was this kept so quiet?***
cutigerbob®
Re:That is the way it should be done.***
peanut
Good question...next thing you know Alvin Kamara
Tall_Tiger_Two
Re: Great news! But how was this kept so quiet?***
slumdog
And with that we RS Watson...
BentZero
No chance we RS Watson.
Caddie
Re: No chance we RS Watson.
Country Gentleman®
Re: No chance we RS Watson.
slumdog
Re: And with that we RS Watson...
slumdog
Very cool
Tigers84a®
Re: New Story: Tigers add QB depth with Stanford transfer
ziggy_1118
I don't think Watson red shirts....2nd QB and gets experienc***
CUTIGR69®
Tells me a lot about the staff's faith in Nick Scheusler.
Tigersense®
Re: Tells me a lot about the staff's faith in Nick Scheusler.
Country Gentleman®
Re: Tells me a lot about the staff's faith in Nick Scheusler.
slumdog
Not necessarily. I think some of you are reading way too
Smiling Tiger®
Re: Not necessarily. I think some of you are reading way too
slumdog
How can anyone not like this. We need depth.***
Smack Daddy
Re: How can anyone not like this. We need depth.***
slumdog
Re: Tells me a lot about the staff's faith in Nick Scheusler.
1988NC
Re: Tells me a lot about the staff's faith in Nick Scheusler.
slumdog
Re: Tells me a lot about the staff's faith in Nick Scheusler.
lhaselden
Re: Tells me a lot about the staff's faith in Nick Scheusler.
slumdog
Smed has resurfaced!***
TigerBry83
Re: New Story: Tigers add QB depth with Stanford transfer
Sportsfan®
Re: New Story: Tigers add QB depth with Stanford transfer
slumdog
WOW, very cool!***
gopaws4
Princeton changes up so he goes to Stanford... Guy's got
SOLOS
Re: Princeton changes up so he goes to Stanford... Guy's got
slumdog
Dang..this is weird, weirder than weird as a girl said to me
lightbulbbill®
Bill, yever take em out for crab legs?
TigerBry83
Here's his Rivals profile
camcgee®
Potential versus actuality
apextiger®
He will start immediately
CD_Vegas_Tiger®
Re: Here's his Rivals profile
slumdog
His Rivals profile is completely irrelevant now.
apextiger®
Recruited by Jim Harbaugh....
Game Time
Re: Recruited by Jim Harbaugh....
slumdog
Watson will be the back up....
milerock®
I think this a win-win situation
HungryTiger
Re: I think this a win-win situation
thompson_creek_tiger®
Re: I think this a win-win situation
slumdog
I agree with Milerock ... Watson plays & competes w/ Stoudt
apextiger®
Re: Watson will be the back up....
slumdog
Re: New Story: Tigers add QB depth with Stanford transfer
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Re: New Story: Tigers add QB depth with Stanford transfer
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