Every day until fall camp begins for Ohio State, we will profile a different Buckeye football player. Today that player is senior receiver Chris Olave. Yesterday it was quarterback Jack Miller. You can find all of the daily Scoop Profiles right here.
No. 2 | Wide Receiver | 6-1 189 | Senior | Mission Hills High School | San Ysidro, California
How’d He Get Here
Legend has it, back when Ryan Day was just Urban Meyer’s quarterback coach and offensive coordinator, he went out to California to scout quarterback Jack Tuttle. That’s where he saw Chris Olave. Olave had to sit out his junior year of high school due to transfer rules, but as a senior he set a San Diego-area record with 1,764 yards receiving. Ohio State extended an offer in October of his senior season. Three weeks later, Michigan unsuccessfully offered. Olave took official visits to Ohio State, Utah, and UCLA. He committed to Ohio State about 10 days before signing day. He was a three-star prospect and ranked the No. 68 receiver in the nation. Olave was the fifth receiver to commit to Ohio State. He joined L’Christian Smith, Cameron Brown, Kamryn Babb, and Jaelen Gill.
Chris Olave didn’t necessarily burst onto the scene as a true freshman in 2018. It was more along the lines of a lit fuse, Mission: Impossible style. His fuse was burning all season long, then came the Michigan game where Olave told Jim Harbaugh that he had a message for him, but that it would self destruct in five seconds. Turned out, Olave actually had three destructive messages for Harbaugh, as he caught a pair of touchdowns against the Wolverines and blocked a punt that led to a third score. Over the last two years, Olave has caught 99 passes for 1,578 yards and 19 touchdowns. He shocked everybody when he decided to return for his senior season. Olave entered spring as a starter and he left the same way.
What to Like
Hmm, what to like about Chris Olave? We can save everybody a lot of time here and just say something like nobody can cover him. He can get deep on anybody and he tracks the ball tremendously well. Olave is fast and can do things after the catch, but what he does most often after a catch is hand the ball to the ref and celebrate his touchdown. He is dependable short and long, and he runs great routes at every level. Olave is both a security blanket and the human form of danger.
What’s the Ceiling This Year?
To quote the great Michael Jordan, the ceiling is the roof. Even if Chris Olave stays right where he is right now and gets no better, he could be an All-American this year. That’s not the plan, however. Everybody can continue to get better and Olave is no different. His ceiling this year has him breaking Ohio State’s single-season receiving yardage record, currently held by David Boston, who posted 1,435 yards receiving in 1998. Olave averaged 104.1 yards receiving last year. If he does that over 14 games this season, he’ll have the record. That might be easier said than done, however, now that he is at the mercy of three inexperienced quarterbacks.
All expectations are for Chris Olave to be a tremendous help to whichever quarterback wins the job this year. He has become more of a leader in the locker room, which will bode well for him at the next level. That next level is just one year away for Olave. He is showing up all over the first round of 2022 mock drafts, and for good reason. From the first day he arrived at Ohio State, Olave has been advanced and ahead of the game. If he continues to reach new heights, there’s no reason he won’t continue his production in the NFL.