Class of 2021 Canon-McMillan lineman Connor McMahon had his scholarship offer from the U.S. Naval Academy for less than a week, but he knew it was the right one for him.
McMahon gave his verbal commitment to the football staff at Navy on Thursday, just six days after receiving the offer from the Midshipmen.
McMahon chose Navy over offers from Air Force, Army, Brown, Bryant, Columbia, Dartmouth, Holy Cross, Fordham and Penn. While the Navy offer was new, the idea of continuing his football and education careers at a service academy was something McMahon had already been considering.
“We’ve heard about all like all the great opportunities the place gives you,” he said. “I was just something I couldn’t pass up because I got the Air Force one before it. They’re very similar in many aspects, but Navy’s only four hours away. It was like it was the perfect place for me. … “Everyone there is hard-working and leadership is a key part of their program, so I feel like I fit in perfectly there.”
The other big consideration for McMahon was the amount of interest shown by the Navy coaches.
“I’ve been talking to all the coaches and the coaches seemed to really care about me, which is something I really wanted to look forward to,” he said. “I wanted coaches that really wanted me. There were some teams that passed me up. Navy seemed really into me. That definitely helped.”
A 6-foot-3, 250-pound lineman and tight end for the Big Macs, McMahon will play offensive tackle in Navy’s triple option scheme.
“They offered me as an offensive tackle, but they said that the defensive line coach also likes me as well, but I’ll probably be playing offensive line because they are more of a run on offense, and that’s probably my best skill, football wise,” McMahon said. “They look for 6-foot-3 guys that can move. That’s exactly what I wanted. I feel like everybody there is going to be very similar to me. It’ll be perfect.”
Like so many other athletes, the coronavirus pandemic has impacted McMahon’s recruiting. He had not been able to take any campus visits before making his decision, but still feels confident in his decision.
“I’ve been on the virtual tours and stuff, so I have a pretty good idea of what the place looks like and the campus,” McMahon said. “When I got the offer, everybody’s just been telling me how beautiful it was down there and how great of an opportunity it was. When it happened, I almost knew from the day they offered me.”
Now, McMahon will focus on his senior year at Canon-McMillan, where he’ll focus on tackle after playing tight end on offense as a junior.
“I am currently working on pass blocking and then the different blocking skills for offensive tackle,” he said. “So I’ve been working on that. And I’m just working out every day, trying to be as athletic as I can with my weight, so I can be ready to play at Navy.”