One of the bigger names of the 2013 recruiting class is facing some legal trouble.
Quarterback Kevin Olsen, a consensus four-star recruit, was charged with leaving the scene of an accident in his hometown of Wayne, New Jersey. Olsen, the younger brother of former Miami Hurricanes and current Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen, was expected to compete for the backup quarterback position behind Heisman dark-horse candidate Stephen Morris.
According to police reports of the incident, on May 25, Olsen backed into a tree with his black sport utility vehicle. He exited the vehicle and surveyed the damage before getting back in and driving off. As he drove away, he hit another parked car. Olsen stopped and surveyed the damage again before walking away from the scene. The police report also quotes a witness stating that Olsen’s face had blood on it, and he appeared to be under the influence.
In addition to the hit-and-run, Olsen will be charged with failure to report an accident and careless driving. He is scheduled to appear in court on June 20 and faces fines of up to $400 and possibly 30 days in jail.
While Miami Hurricanes’ head coach Al Golden told a local Miami radio station that he thought the charges were a “non-issue”, it has to raise some red flags. With his maturity and judgment now in question, it appears more likely that Olsen will be redshirted for the coming season.