Lakewood (Ohio) St. Edward was loaded with Division I talent across their offensive line this fall, and another of their big men up front is headed to that level after Sean Connolly accepted an offer to Marshall earlier this week.
"Me and my family sat down yesterday and we just kind of agreed it was the right time to commit," Connoly said. "So, last night I called Coach [Mike] Cassity and told him. He gave the phone to Coach [Bill] Legg and I told him, then he went around looking for Coach [Doc] Holliday and I told Coach Holliday."
The Marshall coaching staff received Connolly's commitment the same night they took down Florida International by a final of 20-10 in the Beff 'O' Brady's Bowl.
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"The decision was made before the bowl game, but I was watching it," Connolly said. "I think they were kind of surprised that I did it last night, but they were extremely happy."
The 6-7, 280-pound Connolly is also relieved the recruiting process is over and looks forward to spending more time with his family. He also had offers from Akron and Wyoming to consider, but liked the stability at Marshall.
"Coach Holliday has said it is his dream job and he moved back to the farm where he was as a kid, so you're not going anywhere from there," Connolly said. "The other options were great, but I was really concerned if I am there for five years, will that coach be there for five years. I really think at Marshall Coach Holliday will be there for five years."