"I thought I had a good season," said O'Conner. "I finished with 71 catches for 1,004 yards and 13 touchdowns. I feel like my biggest strength is that I have a big frame and I run good routes... I also have good hands. The thing I need to improve on is my speed... stretching the field and breaking away from defenders."
Checking in at 6-foot-3 and 195 pounds, you would think O'Conner would already have several offers given the numbers he posted for one of the top prep programs in the country. However, colleges are looking to watch him in camp this spring and summer as they have some concerns.
"I think schools are mostly worried about my 40 time," said O'Conner. "It's a 4.6 and I think they want me to bring that down before they offer."
O'Conner is receiving heavy interest from Ohio State, Northwestern, Michigan State, Cincinnati, NC State, Kentucky, Vanderbilt, and all of the MAC schools.
"My top teams are UC, Michigan State, Northwestern, and Indiana," said O'Conner. "I like all of the Big Ten schools. I'd want to stay closer to home if I could... not necessarily right here at home but close."
NC State recently offered tight end Alex Welch, a teammate of O'Conner's at Elder. Wolfpack offensive line coach Don Horton is recruiting both Welch and O'Conner for the Wolfpack.
"I talked to coach Horton from NC State," said O'Conner. "He said they are pretty full at receiver right now but they really like me. He said they were going to keep recruiting me in case something opens up at wide receiver.
"Our head coach has a good relationship with all of the coaches down there at NC State... he says they are all good coaches."
O'Conner is still waiting on his first scholarship offer, and he admits that it would be tempting to commit if a program he was interested in extended an offer.
"If the right offer came along I'd make an early commitment," he said. "I don't have any issues with doing that, but I'm kind of taking it all in right now. I haven't seen all the schools yet and I hope to get out and see all of them."