Update: 2018 OK OL Owen Condon

January 23, 2017

Notre Dame defensive coordinator Mike Elko made a trip to Oklahoma City last week and one of his stops was to see 2018 Bishop McGuinness offensive lineman Owen Condon. The 6-foot-7, 300-pounder didn’t get to meet with Elko, but the message delivered to his head coach had Condon fired up.

“It’s awesome to know a school like Notre Dame is thinking about me,” Condon told Irish Sports Daily. “It just shows how far things have come along for me.

“I didn’t meet with him because of NCAA rules, so I am not allowed to talk to him on my campus. He spoke with my coach and he let me know what Coach Elko had to say. My coach said Notre Dame is interested in me and Coach Elko was going to talk to the offensive line coach and tell him I am the real deal, especially on the academic side of things.”  

On the field, Condon believes he can fit any scheme, as he is able to play at high level in the run game but also in pass protection.  

“I play in a spread offense, but I think I can do both,” he stated. “We run the ball quite a bit even though we spread it out. I think I am good in the power run game, but I can still pass block as well. I feel I can do a little bit of everything.”

I haven’t been up to Notre Dame yet, but they want me to attend Junior Day, so I am going to try to get up there this spring. - Owen Condon
The Oklahoma native attends a Catholic school, so the faith-based education and Notre Dame’s opportunities on and off the field intrigue the rising junior.

“The academic side is huge for me,” stated Condon. “I always have to think about life after football. I’ve grown up a Catholic, so it’s great to know Notre Dame is a Catholic school. I am not sure how much that will factor into my decision, but it’s awesome to know.”

Condon has seen one program on the West Coast that fits what he is looking for and hopes to get to Notre Dame and some of nation’s elite this spring for unofficial visits.

“I visited Stanford last summer and it really stuck out to me,” explained Condon. “I really like Texas A&M and I am really interested in Notre Dame. I haven’t been up to Notre Dame yet, but they want me to attend Junior Day, so I am going to try to get up there this spring.

“Obviously, I like Oklahoma and Oklahoma State since they are around here. Texas has also invited me to come down and I am going to try to get down there this spring as well. I’ve heard great things about Austin, but I’ve never been down there.”

Iowa State, Ohio, SMU, Texas Tech, Tulsa and Louisiana-Monroe have offered scholarships and it has given Condon a peace of mind.

“It’s great to know I’ve got six schools that already want me,” said Condon. “If no more offer come at this point, I’ve got six viable options to get an education and play college football, which is what I want to do.”

Academics will be a major sticking point, as Condon heads out on his spring visits and Notre Dame should impress him in that aspect. The Irish have the No. 1 Business school in the country and that just so happens to be one of the majors he is looking at.

“One of the things I am looking at the most is the academic side of the school,” said Condon. “The degree I get is very important to my family and I. I am most likely looking at Business or maybe Engineering for a major.” 

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