Northern Exposure: Boise State Lands Late Gem

Boise State, in recent years, has had a lot of success with two specific recruiting strategies, adding late talent, and adding recruits from North of the Border.. so what would happen if the Broncos were able to combine both strategies?

According to a report from the Edmonton Wildcats Football Club, of Edmonton, AB Canada.. Boise State has landed one of their players.

Edmonton Wildcat Heads South of the Border

Posted: September 03, 2011

The Wildcats are proud to announce that one of there own DL Rory Connop has been offered a scholarship to Boise State University of the NCAA.

Rory had been offered scholarships to Kansas, Tulsa and Pitt and chose to continue his academics and football career with Boise State.

Rory is a 2 sport athlete, having played hockey in Edmonton and community football with the West Edmonton Raiders but never played High School Football.

After joining the Edmonton Wildcats in 2008 he became a 2 time PFC all star and played 3 total years with the Wildcats before moving on to the NCAA. We all want to wish Rory the best of luck in his new assignment and to do us proud.
Congratulations Rory and give em heck.

Connop is a 6'4 270lb DLineman who reportedly projects as a DT for the Broncos. The fact that he never played HS Football, but after only 1 year of club play was a 2-time All Conference Player shows the tremendous upside that Connop possesses.

Connop was also a Hockey star while in HS, being good enough to progress up to an invitation to join a 'Major Juniors' squad, but knowing that would impede his NCAA dreams, he turned down the invite to focus on Football.

It should be no surprise that Connop picked up the sport so quickly.. his father Rod Connop played 16 seasons with the Edmonton Eskimos and won two Grey Cups.

Rod Connop was named a CFL All-Star six times and won the CFL's Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman Award in the 1989 CFL season. He played 210 consecutive games with the Eskimos from 1983 until his retirement following the 1997 season, making him the all-time Eskimo leader in games played (274). He is a member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame, where he was inducted in 2005.

With those sort of genes, Rory Connop could end up being the steal of the 2011 class.. ironic given that until now, nobody knew that he was even a member of the class.

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