Three-star quarterback prospect Griffin O'Connor is going through a transitional phase – one that sees a spike in his recruiting period plus an adjustment period to a new head coach.
It just so happens that his new coaching leader at Huntington Beach (Calif.) Edison is a man with familiarity with both David and Derek Carr: Jeff Grady.
It was Grady who played alongside the elder Carr at Fresno State during the early 2000s. He then briefly coached a young Derek Carr from 2009 to 2011 while wearing the headset for the Bulldogs.
O’Connor – the current owner of three scholarship offers -- from Indiana State, Columbia and UNLV – has gotten used to hearing the stories about the renowned Bulldog players, and has spent some of his downtime breaking down their film.
“He (Grady) always talks about their throwing motion and how they drop back in the pocket. He’s got a lot of videos we watch on them. It’s fascinating to see them,” O’Connor told Scout during the Passing Down Southern California regional held on March 26 in Fontana.
O’Connor is bringing some astronomical numbers and a CIF Southern Section Division III championship back to the Chargers this summer. He threw for 3,600 yards and 37 touchdowns, and only got intercepted six times while guiding Edison to a 13-2 mark under legendary head coach Dave White.
The 6-foot-3, 200-pound O’Connor displayed a strong pocket presence under the Orange County lights last fall. He developed a knack for getting rid of the ball in a span of two to three seconds, and showed his mobile side on read option runs. O’Connor, though, says those aren’t his primary traits. It’s his ability to guide others that he considers his most valuable asset.
“I’ve always thought of myself as the field general," O'Connor said. "I’m not only the guy who will always have the ball – I’m also the guy who will look to provide the leadership for the team and the guy everyone looks up to, so I’ve got to be a leader on and off the field. I always pride myself in that."
O'Connor had the kind of spring season that gets him away from home on most weekends. He's not only taken a trip to San Diego State -- and plans to take in more visits in April -- but he's also latched on with another former Bulldog to help fine tune his game: Kevyn Morton, the owner and founder of OC Elite.
“He (Kevyn Morton) is pushing me to whatever school is right for me. I think that’s the great thing about him,” O’Connor said. “He’s another intelligent guy and he’s been training me for a while now. I look forward to picking a school and thanking him for the help.”
O’Connor tells Scout that he’ll be heading to Las Vegas in the end of April for UNLV’s Junior Day. Additionally, he said a trip to Fresno State in early April is also a possibility, especially since the ‘Dogs launched their spring practices during the week of March 27. Other schools, particularly from the Power Five realm, are planning to visit him and the Chargers.
“Boston College is supposed to come. There are also a couple of Pac-12 schools that are expected to come and visit. I’m looking forward to it,” O’Connor said.
He concludes that with three offers and the possibility for more rolling his way in April, the Sunset League Most Valuable Player O’Connor doesn’t have a dream offer and chooses to go the humble route when picking a college.
“I just want to go somewhere where I can help out the team and I can be a great quarterback for that team,” O’Connor said.