Chris Olave of the Ohio State Buckeyes had a standout performance against rival Michigan on Saturday, November 24. The Wolverines have not won in Columbus since 2000, and that streak continued in this game. Ohio State defeated Michigan 62-39.
Olave played a major role in getting the momentum going. Before halftime, the Buckeyes had scored three touchdowns in the Horseshoe. The freshman wide receiver scored two of them.
In the third quarter, Olave blocked a Wolverine punt which resulted in a touchdown for Ohio State.
Prior to the Michigan game, Olave hadn’t stood out in a significant way. According to 247Sports.com, Olave had accumulated just 70 yards on five catches.
Olave was a late recruit to Ohio State. The southern California native received offers from several schools, and reportedly seriously considered playing at UCLA. But he committed to Ohio State in January of 2018.
Here’s what you need to know.
1. Chris Olave’s Hometown is San Marcos, California
Chris Olave was born and raised in southern California. He first attended Eastlake High School in the city of Chula Vista, which is a few miles southeast of downtown San Diego.
Chris and his brother Joshua transferred to Mission Hills High School in San Marcos during Chris’ junior year. According to the San Diego Tribune, the family switched schools after East Lake hired its third new head football coach in four years.
The brothers were not allowed to play football that season, due to transfer regulations. They were allowed to play basketball and run track, however.
2. Olave Made Up For Lost Time & Put Up Big Numbers During His Senior Year of High School
As explained by Eleven Warriors, Ohio State football does not typically do a lot of recruiting on the west coast. Chris Olave had to sit out his junior season after transferring schools, meaning Ohio State did not notice him until his senior season.
According to Olave’s bio on the team website, he scored 26 touchdowns while playing for Mission Hills. He caught 93 passes for 1,764 yards. Olave was ranked 54th on the list of top wide receivers nationwide, by 247Spsorts.com.
Ohio State made an offer to Olave during October 2017.
3. Chris Olave Fielded Offers From Multiple Colleges Over a Month-Long Time Period
Chris Olave attracted a lot of attention in a very short time span. Just a few weeks into his senior year of high school, Olave was getting offers from multiple universities.
He narrowed his final two choices to Ohio State and UCLA.
4. Chris Olave Says He Saw a Sign That Ohio State Was the Right Choice Just One Day After Visiting Campus
Chris Olave visited the Ohio State University campus November 11, 2017, the day of the Michigan game. Eleven Warriors reports that Olave also had visits from coach Ryan Day and now former coach Zach Smith.
Olave told the San Diego Tribune that his parents did not try to influence his college decision. But he saw a sign the day after returning home from Columbus, Ohio.
Olave explained he and his father were driving to Mission Hills when he saw the car in front of them had an Ohio State license plate, a rare sight in his hometown. “There are three lights between where we live and the school. I looked up and the car in front of us had an Ohio State license plate rim. I’ve never seen that before. It was just another sign pointing me to Ohio State.”
Olave officially committed to Ohio State on January 22, 2018.
5. Olave Shows a Lot of Gratitude on Social Media
Chris Olave is the son of Raul and LaCausha Olave. In recent social media posts, he has shared his gratitude to them, and to God, for where he is in life.
On November 23, he wished his mom a happy birthday on social media with this touching message: “Happy birthday to the most unselfish, outgoing, hardest worker I know. So much stuff I can say about her. Mom, you’re the reason I go so hard. I love you w everything I got. ❤️ @causha_olave”
On November 17, Olave tweeted, “Thank you God for another day.”
Olave used to play with his older brother, Josh. Chris told Southern California Prep Insider during his senior year of high school that he was dedicating the season to Josh, because Josh had been unable to compete during his own senior season due to transfer rules. Josh now plays at Azusa Pacific University.
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