IMG Academy's inaugural season was a successful campaign that saw the team finish 9-2 overall, and among the leaders in the state of Florida in total offense and defense. On the heels of an impressive inaugural season, many of the players caught the attention of local and national writers alike, especially the international contingent of players on the roster. This week on NFL.com, Canadian born players QB Michael O'Connor (Senior/Ottowa, Canada) and CB Matthew Boateng (Senior/Pickering, Ontario, Canada) were named among the top six Canadian on their way to NCAA programs in 2014.
For the full story on NFL.com, click HERE, but you can read the excerpt on O'Connor and Boateng below:
Ottawa native Michael O’Connor is another highly rated Canadian quarterback who had several NCAA scholarship offers.
The 6’5, 215-pound O’Connor played for Ottawa’s Ashbury College and the National Capital Football Association’s Orleans Bengals before transitioning to a school in Tennessee. O’Connor is now the starting quarterback at the IMG Academy in Florida and has accepted a scholarship offer from Penn State.
“The recruiting process was a great learning experience for me, and in the end, I am confident in my decision to commit to Penn State,” O’Connor said in an interview with Bright House Sports Network. “Coach O’Brien continues to recruit a standout collection of athletes and I am both honored and eager to become an immediate contributor in 2014. In the mean time, I’ve worked hard this spring and can’t wait to take the field for my senior year at IMG Academy.”
“Michael possesses all the qualities you look for in an elite student-athlete – he’s the ultimate leader on and off the football field,” Chris Weinke, O’Connor’s coach and the Director of Football at IMG Academy, told Bright House Sports Network. “As with everything he does, he approached the recruiting process very seriously and has landed on an excellent option for his talents. I am excited about the opportunity to coach Michael during his senior year and continue to help him develop as he makes that transition to big time D-I football.”
Comcast Sport’s profile of O’Connor can be found here: http://www.imgacademy.com/latest-headlines/2013-09-12/img-academy-qb-michael-oconnor-featured-comcast-sports
On the defensive side of the ball, Pickering Ontario’s Matthew Boateng, a teammate of Michael O’Connor’s at IMG, will attend the University of Kansas.
According to a KUsports.com article, the 6’0, 180-pound Boateng, who plays defensive back, announced his plans via Twitter:
Boateng, a three-star prospect originally from Canada, made the news public via Twitter, saying simply, “Just committed to the University of Kansas.”
KU recruiting coordinator Rob Ianello was one of the first coaches to discover Boateng and that early interest appears to have paid off for the Jayhawks.
Boateng chose Kansas over offers from Indiana, Marshall, Villanova and Wake Forest. He said as recently as November, following his official visit to Kansas during the weekend of KU’s victory over West Virginia, that Baylor, Florida State, Mississippi and Toledo also were showing serious interest.
As KU coach Charlie Weis has touted often, the layout of KU’s dorms, workout facility, training table and academic support offices was a hit with Boateng.
“One of my favorite things about the campus was how close and convenient everything was,” Boateng told JayhawkSlant.com’s Jon Kirby in November. “I like how the training facilities are close to the academic facilities. Another thing that I love was the dorms. They were more like apartments and living conditions were really comfortable. They were nice.”