Former Buckeye OL O’Connor Headed to CSU
By Ozone Staff
Former Ohio State offensive lineman Joey O’Connor has found a new home. It’s close to his old one.
The former 4-star prospect out of Colorado will transfer to Colorado State after being granted a release from his scholarship with the Buckeyes. O’Connor, who signed with OSU last February after de-committing from Penn State, told The Coloradoan he had a good idea where he was going to end up once he made the decision to leave Columbus.
“When I decided I was going to transfer I knew that coach (Jim) McElwain had a good thing going on at Colorado State,” O’Connor said in a story that was published on Saturday.
“I talked to them a little bit once I was released I just knew that it was close to home and close to my support. It seemed like it was the right place to go.”
The 6-4, 300-pound lineman out of Windsor, Colo. would have been a redshirt freshman with the Buckeyes this fall. He missed his entire rookie season at Ohio State after undergoing microfracture surgery on his knee.
He will finish out the rest of this semester at Ohio State before officially transferring back home to Colorado State, where he will have three years of eligibility remaining after sitting out next season due to NCAA transfer rules.
O’Connor was listed as the No. 2 player in the state of Colorado last season, but he opted to sign with Urban Meyer after the Jerry Sandusky fiasco obliterated his original decision to play at Penn State.
He picked the Buckeyes last January over offers from Colorado, Colorado State, Arizona, Boise State, Michigan, Notre Dame, South Carolina, TCU, Tennessee and UCLA. He was expected to play both center and guard for Meyer, but the injury made it 2012 one of the most difficult years of O’Connor’s life.
O’Connor told The Coloradoan he will be relieved to return home to be near his family, but was full of praise for his coaches at Ohio State.
“I can’t thank them enough for the opportunity that they gave me to be a part of Ohio State and get to experience that,” O’Connor was quoted in the story by Kevin Lytle.
“Everybody here supports my decision and they completely understand.”
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