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4-star TE Andrew Olesh announces commitment date, top four schools

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Center Valley (Penn.) Southern Lehigh four-star tight end Andrew Olesh hopes to play considerably early at the start of his college football career. The 6-foot-5, 215-pound recruit believes he can do that at each of his top four schools. 

Olesh will be choosing between Alabama, Florida, Michigan and Penn State on July 8. He has been on official visits to each this summer.

“The OVs are going to be a huge factor in where I go,” Olesh told On3. “After going to each of these schools, I am evaluating how I felt in the environment and how I felt about the coaches and the players there. I will think about it all and now I want to focus on committing somewhere that I know I feel most comfortable.”

Olesh is excited to decide which one of his finalists is home

Olesh has visited Penn State eight times and Alabama, Florida and Michigan twice each. His connections at these schools include Michigan head coach Sherrone Moore, Penn State head coach James Franklin, Penn State offensive coordinator Andy Kotelnicki, Alabama tight ends coach Bryan Ellis, Michigan tight ends coach Steve Casula and Penn State co-offensive coordinator/tight ends coach Ty Howle

The No. 3 player in Pennsylvania is also looking closely at the tight end depth of his finalists, as well as where he would fit in each program’s offense. He is looking forward to revealing his college destination in the coming days. 

“At each school, I was looking at the environment, how I feel around the people and if it feels like a second home,” said Olesh, the No. 78 overall prospect and No. 3 tight end in the 2025 On300. “I want to feel comfortable wherever I go. It doesn’t really matter where the school is located. I am looking for a place that feels like home.” 

Olesh breaks down his interest in Alabama, Florida, Michigan and Penn State

Alabama: “Alabama is one of those schools where I feel like I could go in there, be a hybrid tight end and play considerably early. That’s what has opened my eyes about Alabama. They don’t have a lot of guys who are hybrid tight ends. They have more in-line blocking tight ends. If I go there, I can add another piece to their offense.” 

Florida: “Florida hasn’t had the best record over the past few years, but I feel like they’re one of those programs who can flip it around. They have a hard schedule this year, but I feel like they can turn it around and become a great program. Florida is also another one of those teams where I think I can play early. The staff has been great too.” 

Michigan: “I like how Michigan uses their tight ends. They’re about to produce a first-round draft pick at tight end in Colston Loveland and I feel like I can replace him and go in there and play considerably early. That is one of the reasons why I would want to go to Michigan. They use a lot of tight ends and sometimes use 13 personnel, which is great. Since they have a lot of tight ends on the field, that means I could potentially get more playing time if I go there. Coach Moore is easily one of my favorite coaches because he’s always contacting me daily. He’s either calling me or texting me to check in on me. He feels like family.” 

Penn State: “They have produced so many good tight ends. They just had Theo Johnson go in the draft as a fourth-round pick. Pat Freiermuth and Brenton Strange are other good Penn State tight ends to go in the draft. At Penn State, I know I could get developed if I go there. That’s one of the things that stands out about them. They’re very focused on the development of tight ends at Penn State.”