Jalen Ollie Commits to Play Football for Fordham

Former Glastonbury High football star Jalen Ollie officially committed to play at Fordham University last month. Ollie announced his commitment on Twitter February 11.

Ollie started at quarterback this past fall for Avon Old Farms during a post-graduate year, and threw for 1,949 yards and 19 touchdowns against just 6 interceptions. Ollie, the son of UConn men’s basketball head coach Kevin Ollie, led Glastonbury to a 10-2 record and Class LL playoff berth in 2013, where it lost to Fairfield Prep. He threw for 2,977 yards and 36 touchdowns as a senior and was named All-State.

Ollie was immediately attracted to Fordham, located in the Bronx, from the moment it started recruiting him. The Rams have qualified for the Division I-AA playoffs the past two seasons and won first-round games both times. After visiting the campus and talking with coaches and players in person, Ollie was sold.

“There’s a great environment around the program and on campus,” Ollie said. “The players and coaches were very welcoming and said that I would have the chance to contribute quickly. I want play for a program that’s committed to success, and Fordham definitely is.”

Ollie has already formed strong relationships with offensive coordinator Andrew Bernier and head coach Joe Moorhead. He praised the two coaches.

“Coach Bernier mainly recruited me starting at Glastonbury and got me interested in Fordham. He’s very outgoing and knows a ton about quarterbacking,” Ollie said. “Coach Moorhead has been very friendly and welcoming towards me. He is extremely smart.”

Ollie will have an immediate opportunity to compete for the backup quarterback spot. The Rams top two QB’s from last season have graduated, and none of the returning QB’s are established. Ollie will compete with fellow recruit and Connecticut native Colton Smith, who starred at Fairfield Prep.

Ollie is confident that he can earn the backup spot. To be successful as a freshman and reach this goal, Ollie knows that he will need to work hard and display outstanding preparation.

“I am going to focus on working hard in practice and getting a mastery of the playbook,” he said. “When I get in a game situation, I need to be completely mentally prepared.”

Academics and Fordham’s location also played a big factor in Ollie’s decision to commit there.

“They take academics very seriously there. I’m interested in studying either economics or liberal arts, and Fordham has strong programs in them. The location is perfect. The campus is beautiful, and downtown NYC is ten minutes away,” he said.

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