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Canadian QB prospect O’Connor impresses at just 15

The Great White North isn't exactly known as a hotbed for producing Division 1 college football prospects, but quarterback Michael O'Connor has the makings of being one.


Michael O'connor Courtesy: Mike Coppinger / National Underclassmen Football Combine

The Great White North isn't exactly known as a hotbed for producing Division 1 college football prospects, but quarterback Michael O'Connor has the makings of being one.

Still just a freshman, O'Connor has impressive size, standing tall at 76.5 inches and weighing 186 lbs.

O'Connor of Ashbury College in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada attended the Rochester, NY NUC Combine, taking home Overall MVP honors for the 8th/9th combine, putting him on the radars of recruiters everywhere.

"He had great arm strength, very accurate on his deep balls," said Vinnie Pacelli, NUC Combine Director. "He had very good pocket presence, was very active in the pocket."

O'Connor had great times and measurables at the combine. A 5.14 40, 4.56 shuttle, 8-1 broad and a 25-inch vertical. He displayed his great strength too, putting 135 lbs. up 18 times.

But it was on the field where O'Connor, 15, really shined.

O'Connor displayed solid fundamentals, a willingness to learn, an great throwing motion and most of all, consistency throughout the combine.

"I think I did pretty well coming up from Canada," said O'Connor. "I had something to prove, I had to come out here and give it my best shot.

"I'll be training a lot up in Canada during the summer. I'm also playing basketball, but my focus is on football.

O'Connor said he would love to play college football "anywhere in northeastern USA, maybe PA, NJ or NY".

"For his grade level, his overall technique was great. His drops and footwork were great. His understanding of the situation and where to place the ball. For his age, he had a comfortable understanding of playing within himself."

"I can definitely see him as a high division 1 prospect if he continues to fine-tune his craft."