Quarterback Kevin Olsen will take his cues from a former NFL coach in the Under Armor All-America High School Football Game in January.
Steve Mariucci will coach Olsen, a nationally ranked player from Wayne Hills High School, in the annual high school all-star game.
Marucci is the former head coach of the Sand Francisco 49ers and the Detroit Lions. He guided the 49ers to four playoff appearances, including a trip to the NFC Championship Game.
“Each year, I truly enjoy getting to work with the young men chosen to play in the game,” Mariucci said in a statement. “The entire week is top-notch, organized extremely well, and provides participants and spectators an entertaining event.”
Olsen was named one of the top signal callers in the country earlier this year at the Elite 11 quarterback camp. He was named an All-American in September.
Olsen and his father and coach Chris recently lost their last high school game together. The pair came up short in the Patriots’ defense of their state group championship with a 20-11 loss to Pascack Valley a few weeks ago.
Olsen missed most of the regular season after injuring his foot in the first game of the season.
Olsen, his family, and the Patriots are the subject of MSG Varsity’s first ever documentary “New Jersey’s Last Patriot.” Part I debuted in August. Part II is scheduled to debut later this month.
Olsen is the only recruit from New Jersey listed on either all-star team’s roster. He will attend the University of Miami beginning next fall.
Olsen’s big brother Greg also attended the University of Miami. He now plays for the NFL’s Carolina Panthers.
The game will be played Jan. 4 at 5 p.m. from Tropicana Field in Florida. It will be broadcast live on ESPN.