I usually don't go out on a limb and do evaluations on recruits. I mean, I have my opinions that I share here but I usually don't make them headlines. Thursday night I watched the second half of a very important district showdown game between Oklahoma City Bishop McGuinness and Midwest City Carl Albert and I was extremely impressed with the Irish junior left tackle Owen Condon.
He's a very smart young man, and according to McGuinness principal and well respected multiple state championship winning cross country coach David Morton, Condon is a standout in the classroom, in the hallways, and anywhere he goes representing Bishop McGuinness.
"He is a special young man and we think he has a really bright future," Morton told me on the sidelines during the game. That is good for me because David Morton has been around that school and its athletes for a long time.
On the field, the first play of the second half, the 6-7, 300-pound Condon, playing left tackle, collapsed the defensive line and set the edge on a sweep and he literally took out three Carl Albert defenders so that senior Kolby Mendenhall could set sail on a 64-yard touchdown run. It was as impressive a block as I've seen in high school in a long time.
My only disappointment was that I was trying to get it on video but I didn't have it turned to video but photo. What you see in the video above is fine pass block effort that helped result in a Jarrett Lewis 32-yard touchdown pass to Rubell Goe, a senior wide receiver who I like but like many I am still trying to find out how fast Goe is.
The same combination later hooked up on a 30-yard touchdown pass as McGuinness took control of the 5A-2 district race with a 38-10 win.
The most impressive Irish player is Condon. He has offers from Texas Tech, SMU, Tulsa, and Ohio, but others will be following soon. Condon has great feet, moves really well, and is strong. The one question and it may not be that critical to some schools, is how tall will he end up getting? Oklahoma State is interested and he was at the Texas game.
I'm not a guy that gets to pass out stars but on my private list he is a 4-5 star player with all kinds of great intangibles.