St. Sebastian's School (Needham, Mass.) middle linebacker Connor Strachan discusses his commitment…
NFTC LB MVP Strachan Weighing Options
St. Sebastian's School (Needham, Mass.) linebacker Connor Strachan may not get the exposure from college coaches because of his location, but he showed at Sunday's Nike Football Training Camp he is a high-level prospect. The 6-foot-1, 230-pound Strachan was named the linebacker MVP at the event, and there wasn't a close second. "For me, it's more to be able to compete against kids from other areas," Strachan said. "You don't get a lot of good competition in Massachusetts during the offseason." For that reason, football recruiters don't make Massachusetts a regular stop on the recruiting trail, but a number of schools still checked in with him. Strachan holds offers from Boston College, Connecticut, Virginia, Wake Forest, Massachusetts, Harvard and Brown, and is also getting interest from Penn State and Stanford. Although Strachan isn't naming leaders, among the schools to offer that are standing out are Boston College and Virginia. However, he would like to visit Stanford, and he remains in regular contact with Penn State. "I went to (Penn State) last summer for camp and I did great there," Strachan said. "They showed me all the facilities and (assistant) coach (John) Strollo has been talking to me a lot and recruiting me." An offer could vault the Nittany Lions high onto Strachan's list. "I would be interested in an offer from them," Strachan said. "(Strollo) has been inviting me out there, so if there is a time I can get out there I will go out and see the place with him. I asked him (about an offer), and his biggest thing is figuring out where their scholarship positions are going to be, and if they're going to have one for me in the near future." Another school Strachan is intrigued by is Virginia. "UVA was amazing," he said. "They were building their big indoor facility when I was done there. The coaches are great. I went out for a camp last year and it was phenomenal. I liked it a lot down there." However, beating Boston College could be difficult because of the Eagles' proximity to his home, and how familiar Strachan is with the program. "I was able to get out there for a spring practice and see how different it is under coach (Steve) Addazio," Strachan said. "I think it's a huge change. Just by seeing practice, the practice speed is much faster, which is good. It really looks like they're working hard. "The big thing that stands out is how they've been practicing and improving. (Assistant) coach (Don) Brown and the linebacker position …he does a lot of blitzing and jumping a lot of coverages as a linebacker. That's what I like. I like to play all over the field." A decision isn't imminent for Strachan, but he does have a timetable. "I would love to get it done before the season," he said. "I'm going to be captain this year …so if I can get it done before and focus all my time on the team, that would be ideal."
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