Athlete from Los Alamitos (California) Ethan O’Connor focused on three Pac-12 schools and was caught off guard on Sunday when news broke about one of his finalists.

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O’Connor in June he made official visits to the University of California at Los Angeles and Washington, and at the end of September he visited Colorado. Although the news broke in the middle of the day, the former head coach of the Buffs Carl Dorrell was fired, O’Connor did not hear the news until late Sunday night.

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“It shocked me,” O’Connor said. “This is crazy, to be honest, I never expected this to happen. I had a great trip and really enjoyed it there. I knew they were in recovery now, but they have some good young rookies who are playing well.

“The quarterback is young, some of the skill players are young too, and I thought I had a future. I really liked the coaching staff and they were going to give me the opportunity to play wide receiver or corner. Boulder is a beautiful place and I definitely had my eyes on them.”

Moving forward, O’Connor said he didn’t know what to think about Colorado as it involved his recruitment.

“I mean, I really didn’t have much time to think,” O’Connor said. “I don’t plan to make a quick decision right now, but I have no idea how long it will take for them to hire a new coach, and then I don’t even know if I will be on their board of directors.

“I guess I’ll just play it by ear and see what happens. I don’t have a set deadline to make a decision, but I was thinking about the end of the season. So it will be the end of November, the beginning of December, because I really don’t know what I want to do right now.”

UCLA was O’Connor’s first visit, and they were also the ones Colorado played with during his official visit.

“UCLA looks really good right now,” O’Connor said. “This offense seems unstoppable and I have seen a lot of improvement this year. Protection looks good and DTR(Dorian Thompson-Robinson) kills.

“They really click and I really like it. I feel very comfortable there, it’s close to home, and my mom used to go to school and run there. It’s interesting to walk around campus and see all the places she used to hang out. I talk to coaches all the time and they are still high on my list.”

The Huskies also remain at the top of O’Connor’s list.

“They look great this year as well,” O’Connor said. “I know they just lost to UCLA, but I was still very impressed with them on both sides of the ball. I really enjoyed going there, it’s one of the most beautiful campuses I’ve ever seen.

“It was a really hot weekend when I was there, they said it was one of the hottest of the year, but I met great people and felt very comfortable. They welcomed me and treated me like family and I definitely see myself there for the next four years or so.”

As already mentioned, O’Connor is in no hurry.

“This is a big decision and I want to spend as much time as possible on it,” O’Connor said. “That’s why I want to wait until the end of my season. That way I can focus on my season here at LA and then focus on my decision.

“The most important thing for me is just to find a place where I feel comfortable, where I can be myself and feel good living there on and off the field. My relationships with the coaches will also be important, and just a good attitude about where the program is headed.”