It left the Sooners with just three scholarship quarterbacks for the 2015 season. Of course the good news is all three of them – Baker Mayfield, Trevor Knight and Cody Thomas – have started games in college.
And OU appears to be set for 2016 with the commitment of Waxhaw (N.C.) Cuthbertson four-star signal-caller Austin Kendall.
Kendall is talented enough to carry OU’s 2016 quarterback class on his own, but there’s another reason why first-year offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley could take a pass on any more quarterbacks and that name is Connor McGinnis.
McGinnis, from Oklahoma City Heritage Hall, accepted a preferred walk-on spot with OU during the spring after getting to know Riley better.
He had developed a nice relationship with former coach Josh Heupel, but McGinnis said he hit it off with Riley immediately.
And he’s not a normal preferred walk-on. McGinnis is good enough to start for a Division I school. Whether or not it’s OU is obviously debatable, but he has shown as a three-year starter for the Chargers he can get the job done.
It all culminated last season where McGinnis was a huge reason Heritage Hall claimed another state championship.
His numbers don’t take a backseat to anybody. He rushed for 1,366 yards and 17 touchdowns. He also completed 113 of 202 passes for 1,923 yards with 22 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Defensively, he added 69 tackles and 10 interceptions.
McGinnis has natural size at 6-foot-3 and around 200 pounds. He has camped at OU before, but he never did the usual regional or national recruiting camps to get himself out there more.
It was the same story in soccer. McGinnis was a natural for the Chargers, but he never did the summer traveling circuit and never got his name out there. Instead he was doing things like mission trips to Nicaragua.
McGinnis is going to be a valuable member to OU’s squad this year because he will an integral part of OU’s scout team. With only three quarterbacks on board, his number is a lot being closer to being called than ever before.
And he’s already taken care of business. McGinnis is enrolled for the Sooners and ready for the next chapter. His development combined with the potential of Kendall could soften the blow of Hansen’s departure, who was a former Scout 300 prospect.
Maybe OU fans didn’t know who Connor McGinnis was in August or November or March, but they should get a good idea of who he is going forward.