Standing 6’ 4” 295 lbs., out of Windsor, Colo., Joey O’Connor was one of five offensive lineman recruits in the 2012 class. O’Connor was considered one of the top recruits in Penn State’s class before the scandal ripped the heart out of State College. Needing O-line depth, O’Connor visited Ohio State and committed shortly after. He took some time to talk to us before he left for Columbus.
How devastated were you by the Penn State scandal?
JO: It was tough. Decommitting was one of the toughest most heartbreaking decisions I have ever made. I was in shock when I first heard the news; then I was really hurt. Thankfully, I was focused on the season to win the Colorado State Championship, which helped take my mind off of this tragedy (O’Connor’s team ending up winning the state championship). Starting the recruiting process again was not easy but everything happens for a reason; don’t know why it happens…
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