February 8, 2011

Windsor product looks forward to Junior Day

It will be a short drive for Windsor (Colo.) offensive tackle Joey O'Connor this Saturday as he heads to Fort Collins to take part in the Colorado State Junior Day. The 6-foot-4, 278-pound road grader said he is looking forward to Junior Day in Fort Collins as he hears more and more from CSU.

"Right now CSU is the most serious (of the schools he talks to)," O'Connor said. "I've talked to the offensive line coach and I am going to their Junior Day coming up this weekend. They sound interested. They said they really liked me, they are really interested in me and like the way I play."

O'Connor paved the way for Windsor to go 8-2 and score a trip to the state quarterfinals a year ago, collecting All-Conference and All-State honors along the way. O'Connor reports bench press and squat numbers of 345 and 525 pounds respectively and a 40-yard dash time of 5.1 seconds. The future Criminal Justice Major holds a 3.0 grade-point average in the classroom.

He said he is talking to Oklahoma, Penn State, Nebraska, Kansas State and the home state Colorado State Rams thus far. O'Connor said in addition to Junior Day in Fort Collins, he has also taken an unofficial to Lincoln (Neb.) to check out the Cornhuskers.

"They liked me and wanted to see more of me this summer," O'Connor said. "I might try to get back there, but CSU is the Junior Day that I am going to right now. With my school schedule, I don't know if I'll make it to other Junior Days."

O'Connor said he prides himself on finishing blocks and thinks he has good footwork. He isn't concerned about finding a particular offensive system, saying, he can adjust to whatever the school he picks is interested in running.

"Basically, the biggest thing I am looking for in a college is the coaching staff and the environment of the all-around team," he said. "I want to see a lot of tradition, things that have been carrying on for a long time and just a team that has some real good character and the guys on the team have to have good character."

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