UNLV Loses Three-Star Quarterback Griffin O’Connor
While this is a loss for the Rebels it is not a huge blow for the 2018 UNLV class.
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Two months ago O’Connor verbally committed to UNLV.
UNLV was dealt a substantial blow to their 2018 recruiting class late Monday night, when three-star Edison HS (Huntington Beach, CA) quarterback Griffin O’Connor announced his de-commitment from the Rebels program on Twitter.
O’Connor pledged to the UNLV program a little over two months ago, and was one of the more high profile commitments that Tony Sanchez and his coaching staff had received.
Although he has not given any motive for his decision, (a request for comment to O’Connor went unreturned) it might be in part due to a possible lack of playing time, given that UNLV has five quarterbacks listed on its roster. In addition, the Rebels also have another quarterback committed to its 2018 recruiting class, three-star Stacy Conner (Wylie, Texas).
He chose UNLV over offers from Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Indiana State, and Sacramento State, and received interest from multiple Mountain West schools.
The 6’3,” 200-pound gunslinger is one of the top quarterbacks in Southern California, let alone Orange County. He lead his Edison Chargers to a CIF championship, and passed for 3,600 yards and 37 touchdowns, in addition to rushing for 415 yards and 10 scores.
In his announcement, he wrote: “After much thought, prayer, and deliberation with my family, I have made the difficult decision to decommit from UNLV. I am so grateful to the entire UNLV coaching staff for their belief in me and the support they have given me. I have the utmost respect and admiration for Coach Sanchez and his staff, the team, and the direction they are heading, but my path is going in a different direction.”
The Rebels now have a total of seven commits, good for the sixth best in the Mountain West according to the 247Sports composite rankings.