Former UNLV Commit Griffin O’Connor Picks Yale
O’Connor opts for an Ivy League education.
Former Rebel commit picks Ivy League
Just less than a week since he de-committed from UNLV, California quarterback Griffin O’Connor announced his verbal commitment Saturday night to a school on the opposite coast, and in a contrary conference: Yale.
The three-star from Edison HS (Huntington Beach, CA.) was one of UNLV’s premier commits in their 2018 recruiting class. O’Connor has not yet spoken in depth about why he flipped his allegiance from the Rebels to the Bulldogs, but he did tell David Carrillo Penaloza of the Los Angeles Times that he could not pass up the Ivy League school. He also said, “It kind of just came down to where do I want my future to go. Yale is such a prestigious school.”
Speculation was garnered surrounding the reasons why O’Connor disavowed from UNLV. Some assumed it could have been in part due to a possible lack of playing time thanks to the influx of quarterbacks currently on the Rebels’ roster, and the fact that there was already another signal-caller, Stacy Conner, committed to UNLV’s 2018 class. The most likely explanation: O’Connor wanted to explore his collegiate options, and who can blame him for that.
Since his de-commitment on Monday, the state of UNLV’s 2018 recruiting class has not changed seismically. They have neither added nor lost any new recruits, and their no. six ranking in the Mountain West has remained stagnant.
O’Connor is the first known 2018 recruit to have pledged to Yale from the state of California.
Until he tweeted his announcement, it was unknown publicly that O’Connor was considering Yale, let alone that he had received an offer from their program. The school’s 2018 recruiting class was immediately boosted with the addition of a high profile name such as O’Connor’s. Yale currently sits at number two on 247Sports’ Composite Team Rankings in the Ivy League, behind rival Harvard.
The rising senior passed for 3,600 yards and 37 touchdowns, as well as rushed for 415 yards and scored 10 touchdowns last season.