July 14, 2009

O'Connor torn between sports

Cincinnati (Ohio) Elder rising senior Tim O'Conner is grappling with the same questions all other prospects from the Class of 2010 are, and one other big one.

While the 6-foot-4, 190-pound wide receiver is trying to gather as much information as possible about the various schools recruiting him, he's also torn between sports.

"I'm actually thinking about playing baseball in college so I'm probably gonna wait a while," O'Conner said. "I'm not sure if I'll play football or baseball. I'm just not sure. I don't have any offers for baseball but it's really early in that process."

O'Conner is a center fielder for Elder and as a junior he batted .390 with 21 RBIs and 30 runs scored.

While he's devoting a lot of his attention to bettering his baseball skills, O'Conner is also visiting schools to get an idea of what various football programs are like.

"I actually went to Purdue's camp and I went to Ohio State," he said. "I've taken a visit to Indiana. Purdue's camp went pretty well. I got to work with the wide receiver coach and he taught me a lot. I started a relationship with him and he said he would get back to me.

"Ohio State went pretty well but a ton of people were there. I didn't really get to do as much as I would have liked. I liked the way Purdue was with less guys there.

"With Indiana we had a baseball tournament there. We were there during one of their camps so the coaches showed me around the campus a little bit."

Indiana is the only school that has extended an offer to O'Conner thus far. He said the Purdue, Ohio State, Northwestern and Vanderbilt, in addition to Indiana, are his favorites.

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