April 28, 2011

O'Connor meets Meyer

Since landing his first scholarship offer this winter, Windsor (Colo.) offensive lineman Joey O'Connor has steadily seen his stock rise to a portfolio with five offers. On Saturday he was in Fort Collins to see the Colorado State Rams' spring game and meet offensive line coach Pat Meyer.

"It went real good," O'Connor said about the day. "I met Coach Meyer at the gate and before the game and we got to talk a little bit. I got to talk to some of the players and it was nice to see how Coach Meyer coaches a little bit. It went real good and I like the way they played. They get after it."

The 6-foot-4, 278-pounder said he was impressed by what he found in Meyer.

"His character - (Meyer) is a great guy. The way he coaches he seems like he knows what he is talking about. He is intense and works hard, but he knows when it is appropriate to have fun. He has a good relationship with his offensive line. He seems like the kind of guy who would do anything for any of his players."

In addition to his time with Meyer, O'Connor said he also got some time with Rams Head Coach Steve Fairchild. He said Fairchild offered his sales pitch and said he looked forward to getting to know O'Connor more in the coming months.

O'Connor currently holds offers from Colorado State, Penn State, Colorado, South Carolina and Utah. O'Connor said the Utah has not officially offered, saying they prefer to do that in-person on a visit. However, they have told him he has an offer waiting for him. The South Carolina offer was a new one and one that O'Connor said was something of a surprise.

"I got a letter in the mail and it had Coach Spurrier, Junior's name on it," O'Connor said.
"He is the wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator. He sent a letter asking me to call him so I did. He said they saw my tape and have a scholarship offer waiting for me. It was very random."

O'Connor said he is likely to visit South Carolina when he starts to take his official visits. For now, he has camps planned at Penn State on June 24-25 and Colorado State on July 30. Until then he is working out every day, including football-specific drills which started this week at Windsor.

O'Connor also said he does not have a top-five or top three as yet, preferring to wait until he gets to each of the schools who have offered him a scholarship.

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