Colonial Forge at Oscar Smith (File Photo: Joe Barnes/recruitNoVA)
Freshman Nolan McConnell Racking Up Offers
by Marc Goldstein, recruitNoVA
It is very rare to see a high school freshman get a single scholarship offer, let alone 5, which is what Colonial Forge freshman Nolan McConnell (2023 DE 6-6 260) currently has raked in.
It is safe to say that Nolan is certainly seen as talented enough to play at the next level in the eyes of an increasing number of college coaches.
The five (as of now) include Boston College, Syracuse, Penn State, Pittsburgh, and Virginia.
— Nolan McConnell (@_NolanMcConnell) May 15, 2020
Each of the schools play in a Power 5 conference, where the best of the best players go to compete for the chance to make it to the next level.
With all the praise Nolan has been receiving recently, from peers, coaches, and college scouts, it would be easy for him to get carried away. Nolan, though, continues to preach that he still needs to work hard and can still improve his game. He is also very excited about these different situations that are being presented to him, saying,
“I’m very excited about these opportunities, but there’s work still to be done. I also have a long time until college, so I can’t stop now.”. As far as himself as a player, Nolan is a defensive end and offensive lineman, towering over his opponents at 6’6, 260 LBS. He thinks his personal strengths lie with his measurables, including his speed and footwork, but admits he still has some things to learn as far as his technique goes.
The thought of playing football for an extra 4 years is something that excites Nolan. He says, “I’m just excited to play football for many years to come, to put it simply.”. He also says that he has loved the game of football since he was young, beginning to play at the age of 10.
“I’ve been playing football since I was about 10, and I’ve loved the game from the time it was introduced to me,” Nolan reminises. An interesting fact about Nolan and his role models. They aren’t a famous football player, past or present, rather they are people in his life. “My biggest role models have been my coaches, trainers, and especially my parents for all the encouragement and support they have given me,” Nolan explains.
Even though Nolan is just a freshman, it is clear to see what sets him apart from his competition. His sheer size is enough to make any coach or recruiter notice him, as well as his strength, speed, and skill. All of the intangibles, though, the “off the field stuff” as most players refer to it, is what will truly take Nolan to the next level and beyond. Nolan is redefining the stereotypes associated with freshman football players, and it will definitely be interesting to see how it all turns out in the future.
– Marc Goldstein