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Olack opts for Toledo

By mdyer Published: January 31, 2011

Massillon wide receiver Justin Olack will sign a national letter of intent with the University of Toledo Wednesday, Tigers coach Jason Hall said Monday.

Olack, 6-foot-4 and 205 pounds, had orally committed to the University of Pittsburgh. But the firing of coach Dave Wannstedt and the short-lived tenure of his successor, Mike Haywood, who was arrested on domestic violence charges, prompted the converted quarterback to reconsider. Eventually Pitt hired Todd Graham as its coach.

"He visited Toledo and Pitt again,'' Hall said. "He decided he really enjoyed the education, the social and the football piece of Toledo. It's a place he could be for five years if he had to be.

"I kept saying, 'At the end of the day, if you had to get in the car and drive right now, where would you go? What's your gut?' ''

Hall said Olack will get just as much exposure in the Mid-American Conference as he would playing for Pitt in Big East. The MAC has 15 players on the rosters of the Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers, who will square off in Sunday's Super Bowl.

Olack will be reunited with former Massillon offensive lineman Jeff Myers, a redshirt freshman in Toledo coach Tim Beckman's program.

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