December 15, 2011

Iowa offers four-star OL

Joey O'Conner thought his recruiting process was over in late June when he verbally committed to Penn State. Now the four star offensive tackle has opened up his recruitment once again and as you might expect, the Rivals 100 prospect has plenty of college programs knocking on his door hoping to get an official visit.

One of those schools is Iowa and on Wednesday, Iowa offensive line coach Reese Morgan made his way to Windsor, CO to visit with the four star prospect for the second time, this time with a scholarship offer in hand.

"It was a real nice visit," O'Connor said. "Coach Morgan officially offered me today, so that was exciting news. Then we just talked about football and life in general. We spent some time getting to know each other better and he visited with my mom for a little while as well."

With O'Connor's early commitment to Penn State, Iowa never really got involved in his recruitment. But, in the past few weeks the Hawkeyes have worked hard to make up for lost time and have quickly built a relationship with the #87 prospect in the Class of 2012.

"They really started showing interest in the past few weeks. Coach Morgan came out here not knowing a whole lot about me personally. He told me right away that he loved the way I play the game of football and liked me personally. I am definitely thinking about taking a visit to Iowa now, but I want to sit down with my parents and talk about it," he said.

While the visit to Iowa City is still undecided, based on what O'Connor has heard from Coach Morgan, he believes that Iowa fits into what he is looking for in a college program.

"I think I have developed a pretty good relationship very quickly with Coach Morgan," O'Connor said. "He talks about how they have developed offensive linemen who have moved on to the next level and the Iowa City community and how supportive it is. That is something I am looking for in a college."

Like many prospects that have had to endure a coaching change with a school they had made an early verbal commitment to, O'Connor is going to take his time in making his final decision.

"I kind of want to take my time this time around and see how things shake out with the coaching staffs," O'Connor said Wednesday evening. "I won't take any visits until January so the coaching situations and staffs are settled."

One visit that O'Connor has scheduled and that is to Ohio State. From there, his plan is to take his three remaining visits before making a decision.

"I've set up a visit to Ohio State for the weekend of January 13th. After that, Boise State will probably be one of them. Cal and Iowa would probably get the last two visits."

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