Tuesday, January 15, 2013
25 days, 25 names -- Connor O'Brien
By Mason Kelley
SEATTLE -- Connor O’Brien (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif./Santa Margarita) was sold on Washington during his first trip to Seattle.
Joined by high school teammate and fellow Washington commit Dane Crane, the 6-foot-3, 205-pound athlete knew he wanted to play college football for the Huskies.
When he returned for his official visit in October, he was able to watch Washington upset Stanford, 17-13.
Once again joined by Crane, a four-star lineman, O’Brien called his experience part of “the best week of my life.”
When it comes to commitments, O’Brien’s has been as solid as it gets. He raves about the coaching staff, the recruiting class and the opportunities a career with the Huskies will create for his future.
O’Brien played safety for Santa Margarita during his senior season. However, the three-star standout’s frame projects to linebacker in college.
“His growth potential is just enormous,” Santa Margarita coach Harry Welch said.
His versatility makes him a valuable addition to Washington’s 2013 class. He finished his senior season with 85 tackles. He also picked off four passes. A two-way standout for the Eagles, O’Brien has the talent and athleticism to develop into a key contributor on Washington’s defense.
“I’m fully committed, fully a Dawg and I’m really happy with my decision,” O’Brien said after his visit.