Signing Day Impact: Joey O'Connor

One of Urban Meyer's top priorities upon being named head coach at Ohio State was to re-stck the offensive line. The signing of Joey O'Connor helps rectify that situation, and the Windsor (CO) guard has faxed his letter of intent to Ohio State.

The signing of Windsor (CO) guard Joey O'Connor is one step in the Urban Meyer's plan to rebuild the offensive line at Ohio State.

O'Connor, 6-foot-3, 290-pounds, has faxed his letter of intent to Ohio State, and is set to begin his career as a Buckeye. He will find a crowded depth chart at guard, and could be a redshirt candidate this coming season.


After watching Joey O'Connor for four days at the Under Armour practices and learning that he played in the triple option in high school, he will need to learn pass protection. The flip side is that he has the frame and feet to be a solid player on the offensive line, probably at guard.

A high motor player no matter if he's playing offense or defense. Offensive line is his future position in college. Currently plays left tackle but is better suited for right tackle or a move inside to guard. Uses his hands well, has good feet and athletic ability. Has a frame to be a 300+ pounder. Has some minor areas he could improve on; keeping his hands up in pass pro and getting his heals in the ground in his stance but all are correctable.


O'Connor, 6-foot-4, 285-pounds, was an Under Armour All-America this year, and recently took an official visit to Ohio State. O'Connor received his offer while on the visit, and pledged to the Buckeyes two days later.

"Ohio State is just an all-around great place, first off," O'Connor stated Tuesday afternoon. "I loved the guys, the coaches, just everything about Ohio State, to be honest. I would say it is just the right fit for me."

O'Connor had previously been committed to Penn State, but reopened his recruitment soon after the Jerry Sandusky scandal rocked the Nittany Lion program.

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