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Anchors Away for Canon Mac lineman Connor McMahon. Midshipmen land prize WPIAL recruit @ConnorMcMahon94 @BigMacsFootball

Written by: on Thursday, May 28th, 2020

 

Connor McMahon’s recruitment saw a flurry of offers come in a short time. He announced his first offer on April 1, it being from Penn University.  Just sixty short days later, he ended his recruitment in a big way, and it’s always a pleasure to announce these, by committing to the Naval Academy. The 6-4, 250 pound incoming senior announced that decision today on twitter:

 

As usual, we caught up with Pennsylvania’s newest commit and asked him about his decision

PFN: How long have you played football?

Connor: I started playing football in fourth grade with the Lil Macs.

PFN: Why did you choose to commit to the Navy?

Connor: I chose to commit to Navy at this point in time because it was a wonderful opportunity and I really liked the coaching staff. It was a good fit for me personally and I felt like it was the best place for me in the future.

PFN: Why commit early?

Connor: I committed early, so I can focus on my senior year and I was really secure with my decision and I didn’t want to waste the time of the other school’s coaches who were recruiting me.

PFN: Who was your biggest influence at the Naval Academy, who recruited you?

Connor: Coach Mick Yokitis recruited me. He is actually a Pittsburgh guy, who graduated from North Hills. He was very upfront and honest with me and my family and I really respected that. I also spoke in length with the offensive line coach, Coach Ingram, and he told me he liked my physical play and athleticism.

PFN: What are they getting in player like you?

Connor: They plan to move me to the O-Line and they expect me to help lead their team with blocking. They are mainly a running team and have lead the nation in running yards and they believe it starts with the O-Line!

PFN: What was the recruiting process like for you?

Connor: The recruiting process was really interesting to me and I enjoyed it. Especially during the whole Covid-19 time, it gave us something to look forward to and be excited about. My first offer was Penn. My first Patriot League offer was the dominant Holy Cross. My first FBS offer was Air Force. I had a total of 9 Division One offers before I decided to commit. I just knew Navy was the place for me and decided to roll with it!

PFN: How did the Covid 19 pandemic affect your decision?

Connor: Covid 19 didn’t really affect my decision. The only thing was I wasn’t able to visit a lot of the schools, which I would have typically have done. All of the coaches were really on top of things with tweeting, emailing, texting, phone calls and I did many Zoom conference calls and virtual tours.

PFN: What position were you recruited for?

Connor: I was recruited for Offensive tackle, but they like me for the entire O -line and the defensive coach also really likes me.

PFN: Do you know what you’d like to study?

Connor: I will most likely study Quantitative Economics. I am really good at Math and think it could be a good fit for me.

PFN: What role did your parents play in your decision?

Connor: My parents are very supportive of me and my brothers in all aspects of our lives. They helped me research all of the universities and discuss the pros and cons. When it came to Navy, they too, realized the wonderful opportunity. My parents and I really asked a lot of questions to the Navy coaches and I based my decision on that. They also liked that it was only four hours away since I have two younger brothers who will be playing football on Friday nights for the Big Macs.

PFN: What do you think is the most exciting thing about the NAVY program?

Connor: The Navy football program is rich in history and tradition and under the guidance of Coach Niumatalolo they have a fantastic record, get to go to bowl games and win them and get to travel around the country playing top notched teams.

PFN: What are you most looking forward to while playing for the Midshipmen?

Connor: I can’t wait to play in a sold out stadium, play in a Bowl game and play on ESPN. I look forward to all of the challenges that are a part of the Naval Academy.

PFN: Tell everyone out there in the COUNTRY something they’d never know about you until you told them:

Connor: I have been on ESPN Sports Center twice, but not football. Once for “sliding” into home and once for being in the Pony World Series. Hoping for many more chances!

PFN: Who is the person who most influenced you in your football career?

Connor: The most influential person in my football career is my dad. He played football in high school and in college at Kent State University. He has coached me in the past and taught me the fundamentals of the game. I think with his help and guidance, I was able to step on the Varsity team as a freshman and learn a lot. Both he and my mom have barely missed any of my baseball, basketball or football games growing up. They have taught me to be self-motivated, disciplined and to do my best in everything I do.

PFN: What is it you’d like all your high school teammates and fans to know about your decision that you might have a hard time saying in person?

Connor: I am so thankful for Coach Evans and the entire Big Mac coaching staff. They have taught me a lot about the game of football and life. I love my teammates, many of whom, I have known since I was in elementary school. They make football fun and have been very supportative during this entire recruiting process. I am thankful that I have gotten to play with my younger brother, Kent, last year and this upcoming year. He and my younger brother, Matt, are studs at football and I know they will do great things in the future as well! I couldn’t have this opportunity without my coaches, teammates and family. I am grateful for all of them!

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