Griffin O'Connor

Three-Star QB Gives High Marks To UNLV Visit

Huntington Beach (Calif.) Edison quarterback Griffin O'Connor visited UNLV over the weekend and said the trip exceeded his expectations.

Griffin O'Connor is one of the state's top signal callers and is coming off a junior season that saw him lead his Chargers squad to a CIF title.

O'Connor is a pocket passer but has some dual-threat capability to him. He runs well and his ability to scramble as well as make big plays on designed zone reads were a big reason Edison was able to win in the playoffs. He has a great frame and has shown steady improvement in all areas the last few years.

UNLV is a school that has been high on O'Connor's list and the quarterback took a visit to campus over the weekend.

"I had a great visit, much better than I even expected," O'Connor said. "My family and I were treated very well and made to feel welcome. I was really impressed with coach (Tony) Sanchez (head coach) and the entire staff. The school was much nicer and offered more than I expected so it was a great visit."

The coaching staff as a whole made a nice impression on O'Connor.

"I had a lot of one on one time with the coaches," O'Connor said. "I liked getting to know them better , it's a very intelligent and passionate group. Coach Sanchez shared his vision on where he thinks UNLV football is heading and he made it clear he wants me to be a part of that.

"He strongly feels that with the coaching staff he has and the players he is recruiting, they will win a MWC Championship very soon. The whole staff is excited about the new Fertitta Football Complex that will break ground in June along with the new Raiders stadium being built that UNLV will be playing in 2020. Coach Sanchez said Las Vegas is a booming sports market that will be bringing a lot of interest and excitement to all the sports teams in Vegas.

"I met coach (Barney) Cotton (OC) and we talked a little, just getting to know each other. I spent a lot of time with coach (Ron) O'Dell (QB coach). We talked about the scheme, watched film and discussed what I saw. He told me I was picking things up quickly and I would be a good fit in their system."

Despite the great visit, O'Connor said he's not ready to make a quick decision.

"I'm not ready to commit yet," O'Connor said. "There will be a lot of schools coming by our campus now that spring recruiting is here so I want to wait it out and see who shows interest. 

"ArizonaOregon StateBoston CollegeColorado StateSan Diego StateWyoming and a few others have been talking to me and want to see me throw. So I want to see what comes out of that before cutting my list and making a decision."

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