MUSTANG -- If this were next year Oklahoma City Bishop McGuinness standout offensive tackle Owen Condon and his family could have saved a lot of money, but they wouldn't have as many frequent flyer miles. The Condons have been on tour taking unofficial recruiting visits around to see the schools that have flocked to Condon and offered scholarships. There are 17 schools that have offered ranging from Princeton in the Ivy League to Oklahoma State, TCU, Iowa State, and Kansas in the Big 12 to Georgia, Arkansas, and Vanderbilt in the SEC.
"I'm just trying to have fun with it and not let it get to me too much. I'm trying not to let it become a pain," Condon said seemingly a little weary of the recruiting process. He's had a big dose of it. "I've been taking these visit getting to see places that most people don't get to see and trying to have fun with it."
He's been to Georgia, Arkansas, Vanderbilt, and Oklahoma State on several occasions as he has taken the time and the effort to learn all he can about the schools he is considering, both on the field and in the football program as well as off of it and in academics. We weren't sure when we spoke with Condon after he had a very good day in the first day of the Mustang Team Camp whether he would let us in on his preferred schools at this moment but he did.
Condon, when prompted, said, "Oklahoma State, Arkansas, TCU, and Georgia. Oklahoma may come into the picture now, I don't know. Texas and Vandy those are the schools I have my eyes on right now."
You can see in his interview that the process has worn on him and he is looking forward to having recruiting and his decision in the rearview mirror. He was also pretty clear on when that will be.
"I think I'm going to have a decision this summer, by the end of the summer," he added. "I'm going to take a few more visits before the dead period starts and then talk about it to those that are close to me and make a decision."
Meanwhile the process goes on. In fact, it was going on just a few hours before Condon and his teammates were at Mustang. McGuinness had wrapped up their own spring practice just the night before and Oklahoma State's Josh Henson was there to watch.
"He came by to see what's up and to see me practice," Condon said of the Henson stop on Tuesday night. "That's the first time he'd seen me practice. I'd been up there several times. I talked to him on the phone last night, you know to keep the relationship up."
Those relationships will be kept up at least a couple more months and then one relationship will remain forever, that's the way recruiting works and Owen Condon is learning that. It's fun and exciting, but it is also hard and tough to choose and eliminate.