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Sunday, November 11, 2012
QB Michael O'Connor talks Alabama

By Dave Hooker

Michael O'Connor's visit to Alabama was all about meeting people.

When asked what were some of the highlights on the trip to Tuscaloosa this weekend, the sophomore from Chattanooga (Tenn.) Baylor said that meeting with offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Doug Nussmeier and Bama's other coaches was significant.

"They told me they liked what they saw and to keep working hard and to get me down in the spring," O'Connor said.

O'Connor transferred to Baylor from Canada. He's quickly learned that football in the Southeast is important. That was reinforced on Saturday in front a sold-out crowd in which Alabama lost to Texas A&M 29-24. O'Connor said there's nothing like a Bama game day in Canada.

"No, nothing at all," O'Connor said. "It was really exciting. The fans are really passionate and the atmosphere was crazy."

O'Connor has repeatedly said that academics and strong academic support will be key in his recruitment. The Crimson Tide did its best to show as much. O'Connor was taken on a tour of Alabama and its academic offerings.

"That just reinforced in me all the support systems that they have in Tuscaloosa for their football players," O'Connor said.

O'Connor has offers from six schools. Alabama is still evaluating him.