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Surprise SEC offer for OConnor

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South Carolina had not been sending much mail nor making many phone calls to Joey O'Connor but one day the Windsor, Colo., offensive tackle received a packet from the Gamecocks, called the coaching staff and picked up another offer.
The way things happened with the South Carolina offer surprised O'Connor, a 6-foot-4, 278-pound prospect, but it's another big one the Colorado prospect is taking seriously.
"It's pretty recent," O'Connor said. "They haven't really been talking to me. I got a letter in the mail and they told me to call them. When I called they said they have a scholarship waiting for me.
"It's pretty crazy that it came out of the blue like that. The SEC is one of the best football leagues in the country. It's definitely unexpected and bizarre how the offer came."
O'Connor probably won't see South Carolina until he can take an official visit in the fall but one important upcoming trip for him is to Penn State in late June.
Nittany Lions assistant coach Bill Kenney has been in close contact with O'Connor and Kenney said an offer is waiting once O'Connor gets to State College.
"When I talk to coach Kenney on the phone he said they have a scholarship waiting and when I get out there we'll talk more about it," O'Connor said.
So far, Colorado, Colorado State, Penn State, South Carolina and Utah have offered O'Connor, who said coaches from Arizona and Michigan were supposed to stop by his school this week to watch him work out.
Those two programs might also offer but O'Connor said it's still too early in his recruitment to name any favorites since he's only taken unofficial visits to Colorado and Colorado State.
Once the spring is finished and he takes that Penn State trip, then O'Connor should have a better idea on which schools stand out most.
"Right now it's too early to tell because I've only been to two schools - CSU and CU," O'Connor said. "I'm trying not to have any favorites until I get to see more schools and get to know more coaches."
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