January 15, 2012

O'Connor gets his offer

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Coming into the weekend, four-star Windsor (Colo.) offensive lineman Joey O'Connor had not yet received an offer from Ohio State. The 6-foot-4, 295-pound prospect still made an official visit out to Columbus and his time and effort was rewarded this weekend as the Buckeyes came through with the offer that O'Connor had been waiting for.

"I did get the offer," said O'Connor. "It's reassuring and it's nice to know that the offer is there. Basically now it's just trying to figure things out and continue to build that relationship with the coaches. The campus was great, I got to meet the players and I got to meet the coaches for the first time so that was good. They seemed like real genuine people."

O'Connor added that the highlight of his official visit was getting to learn more about Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer.

"The whole visit was good," he said. "I got to sit down and eat breakfast with the coaches this morning and sitting down and talking to coach Meyer was the highlight, jalking him to one-on-one and just getting to know him."

In addition to his one-on-one time with Meyer, O'Connor also got to spend plenty of time with new offensive line coach Ed Warinner.

"Getting to sit down with coach Warinner was nice," he said. "We just got to sit down and talk about the offense and football."

Meyer and the rest of the Ohio State coaching staff made it very clear what the goal is going to be in Columbus moving forward.

"They said that they want to win a national championship and they're going to do everything and anything that they can to get that done," he said. "If you go into college football and don't want to win a national championship, then I don't know why you're playing Division I football."

Though O'Connor did not issue a commitment to Ohio State, that doesn't mean one couldn't be coming in the not too distant future. O'Connor has another official visit scheduled but says he will need to sit down with the people that are closest to him before deciding what to do about the next two visit weekends.

"As of right now the Cal visit (On January 28th) is still setup," he said. "I'm going to kind of sit down with my parents and my coaches and everything and talk about it and go from there. Right now it's kind of all up in the air and I'm just trying to figure everything out."


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