CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Former highly-touted Miami Hurricane recruit Kevin Olsen, who was listed as the fourth-best quarterback prospect in the nation by Scout.com and entered college as a four-star recruit, will enroll at UNC Charlotte.
Olsen, the younger brother of Panthers star tight end Greg Olsen, made the announcement on Twitter Thursday.
Olsen will enroll in January for the spring semester and will have two years of eligibility remaining, according to 49ers head coach Brad Lambert.
Olsen, a 6-foot-3 pro-style quarterback, played his high school ball at Wayne Hills in New Jersey. After compiling nearly 3,500 passing yards and tossing 40 touchdown passes, offers rolled in from schools like Iowa, Florida State and North Carolina.
Olsen decided to commit to Miami in May of 2012, but while enrolled he was suspended three times for violating team rules. Olsen transferred from the program after failing a drug test and being charged with a DUI while in the possession of a fake driver’s license.
He landed at Towson but was dismissed yet again before ever taking a snap.
Olsen spent the 2015 season at Riverside City College in California where he played in nine games and made five starts, helping lead the Tigers to an 8-3 overall record.
Olsen completed 56 percent of his passes while barely eclipsing 1,000 yards. He threw 13 touchdown passes against 10 interceptions in his lone season at junior college.
The 49ers closed their first season of FBS football on a 10-game losing skid and are hoping Olsen can help turn things around for the Conference USA program.
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