Canisius senior standout running back Qadree Ollison will announce his college decision today in a ceremony at the Delaware Ave. school.
The 6-foot-1, 220-pound Ollison will announce where he is verbally committing from among his five finalists -- Penn State, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Syracuse and Wisconsin -- at 3:15 p.m. in Canisius' auditorium. Ollison was offered scholarships by 15 Division I (Football Bowl Subdivision) programs.
The announcement comes one day after the Niagara Falls' native's 17th birthday.
Conjecture by many, including myself, has Pitt and Penn State as his finalists. Ollison said during the summer that he would make official visits to both schools.
Who’s who: The six-team league includes the Bishop Timon-St. Jude Tigers, Canisius Crusaders, Cardinal O'Hara Hawks, St. Francis Red Raiders, St. Joe's Marauders and St. Mary's Lancers. The Nichols Vikings, who compete in the Monsignor Martin Association in most other sports, are an independent in football.
Canisius senior standout running back Qadree Ollison will announce his college decision on Monday, Sept. 9 in a ceremony at the Delaware Ave. school.
Ollison, who was the Buffalo News co-Player of the Year (with teammate lineman Ryan Hunter), will decide from among his five finalists -- Penn State, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Syracuse and Wisconsin -- at 3:15 p.m. in Canisius' auditorium. Ollison was offered scholarships by 15 Division I (Football Bowl Subdivision) programs.
Welcome to the first day of the 2013-14 high school sports season. Today is the first day that fall season teams can practice throughout the state. For football teams, which have held workouts and passing leagues throughout the summer, the preparation begins today for Week One (Sept. 6-7).
At Canisius, a most notable transfer will not be on the field today. TJ Wheatley, the junior standout who I wrote about in Sunday's paper, is out with what the coaching staff is calling -- get ready hockey fans -- an "upper body injury." The team says it has not been authorized by Wheatley's family to disclose the specific injury.
Wheatley is listed as day-to-day. The team is hopeful it will have him in the opening-night lineup at Rochester's McQuaid on Friday, Sept. 6.
Wheatley participated in passing leagues with Canisius this summer. Once the injury was diagnosed it was determined that it occurred back at the Sound Mind/Sound Body camp in Michigan in June, which was prior to the Wheatleys' decision to attend Canisius.
A total of 15 Division I (Football Bowl Subdivision) schools offered scholarships to Ollison: Penn State, Temple, Wisconsin, Syracuse, Minnesota, Indiana, Iowa, Pittsburgh, Maryland, Cincinnati, Boston College, Rutgers, Connecticut, Nevada and the University at Buffalo.
Ollison's plan, according to Canisius football sources, is to verbally commit to a school on Sept. 4, two days prior to Canisius' season-opening game at McQuaid of Rochester.
Ollison was selected (along with graduated senior Ryan Hunter) as The Buffalo News Player of the Year last season after he ran for a school-record 1,876 yards on 240 carries in the Crusaders' 11-0 season.
The Niagara Falls native’s 25 rushing touchdowns were a school record, as were his 26 total touchdowns. With career totals of 2,679 yards and 35 total touchdowns, the junior is also now 401 yards and four touchdowns away from the Canisius records in both of those categories.
As part of a story on local high school graduates preparing for their first year of college basketball, The News sat down with Canisius High School grad and Canisius College forward Adam Weir today. Weir is one of four Western New Yorkers who will play Division I ball this winter; Jermaine Crumpton (Niagara Falls, Canisius College), La'Trice Hall (Sacred Heart, Hartford) and Cassie Oursler (Grand Island, Robert Morris) are the others.
Weir has been making quite a few adjustments to his game; he was a small forward and power forward in high school and will handle the two-guard position in college. He said he is focusing primarily on improving his ball-handling and defense this summer, which are the areas in which he has struggled most to keep up in summer practice. Today, he was running five-on-five at Canisius' Koessler Athletic Center.
"I'm willing to do whatever we need," Weir said. "If they need me to play this year, I'll be more than ready, and if not, I'll do whatever we need."
Keith McShea has covered high school sports at The News since his hiring in 1999. The 1995 University at Buffalo graduate and Long Island native (North Babylon Bulldogs) covers — and live blogs — everything from scrimmages to state championships & helps head The News' All-Western New York selections.