Charlotte 49ers head coach Brad Lambert, today, announced the signing of 6-3; 220 lb. quarterback Kevin Olsen and 6-8; 265 lb. defensive end Jamar Winston. The duo will enroll in school in January and will be eligible to compete in 2016-17.
"We’re excited to bring Kevin and Jamar into our program," Lambert said. "Kevin’s a very talented guy that will bring competition to the quarterback position. Jamar’s a big, athletic guy who can help us on the d-line. He signed with us three years ago and we’re happy to finally get him on the team to help our defensive front."
Olsen, the younger brother of Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen, comes to the 49ers from Riverside (Ca.) City College. Originally a signee with Miami (Fla.) as a four-star recruit out of Wayne N.J., Olsen helped the the Tigers to an 8-3 record in 2015 and a #4 seed in the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) Southern California Regionals. RCC, which shared a National Central League title with a 5-1 mark, was ranked as high as first in the state after a 4-0 start and posted a 34-14 victory over then-#1 Long Beach City College to rebound into the top four with a 6-2 mark. Olsen played in nine games, making five starts. He was 98-of-174 for 1080 yards and 13 touchdowns.
At Miami, he served a red-shirt season in 2013 and transferred after the 2014 season. Considered one of the nation’s top pro-style quarterbacks coming out of high school, Olsen was rated as a four-star recruit by ESPNU, 247sports.com, Rivals.com, scout.com and MaxPreps.com. Scout.com listed him as the fourth-best quarterback in the nation, ESPNU had him fifth and MaxPreps.com listed him sixth. A 2013 Under Armour all-American, he was coached by his father, Chris Olsen, at Wayne Hills H.S.
Winston comes to the 49ers from Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College. Winston, from Irmo, S.C., originally signed with the 49ers in 2013 out of Dutch Fork High School before enrolling in junior college. He starred on Dutch Fork’s Lower State Championship team that finished as the 2012 state runner-up. The Silver Foxes went 11-4 record on their way to a Region Championship and Winston earned all-state honors and was named the Best Lower State AAAA Lineman. An all-region choice, Winston participated in the Shrine Bowl and was named the Dutch Fork Most Valuable Lineman and the Palmetto Champions Lineman of the Year for coach Tom Knotts.
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