Focus 2016: Conner O'Donnell

Conner O'Donnell

SouthLake Christian Academy has a bountiful group of 2016 prospects with college talent, including WR Conner O'Donnell...

SouthLake Christian (Huntersville, NC) put together a splendid 2012 season, losing only twice: once during the regular season and last night in the state championship game to Victory Christian.

"It's going really good," freshman wide receiver Conner O'Donnell said prior to the finals. "We worked hard during the off-season and were well-prepared.

"We have a really good school. I love my teammates. We're an up-and-coming program that was 2-8 four years ago. The chemistry is great among our freshmen class. We have eight freshmen who are college prospects, including 6-1, 205-pound Riley Zayicek."

O'Donnell, 6-0 and 165 pounds, was second on the team in receiving behind a senior. He hauled in 38 receptions for 919 yards and five touchdowns.

In a playoff game vs. Fayetteville Christian two weeks ago, O'Donnell caught five passes for 143 yards and a touchdown.

"(Fayetteville) was playing off-man coverage and we scouted them well," said O'Donnell, son head coach Geoff O'Donnell. "We expected the underneath routes would work well."

Multiple SouthLake Christian 2016 prospects played on the Team USA 15-and-under squad, such as O'Donnell, CB Will Eason and RB Robert Washington (two SEC offers).

The future looks bright for SouthLake.

"Players see how good we're doing and they want to be here," said O'Donnell, who lists Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Duke, Wake Forest, Ohio and Harvard among his favorite college programs.

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