O’Gorman Looks to Turn Heads
WEEKI WACHEE – While Hernando County football knows Shawn O’Gorman, the state and country are finally starting to recognize his name. Entering his senior year at Weeki Wachee high, the 5-foot-9 running back has been blazing a trail at recruiting camps, taking two MVP awards at his last two showcases.
O’Gorman captured the Running Back MVP from the Unsigned Preps Showcase, and garnered the same award at the Big County Preps Ignite Combine.
“It means a lot for (the camps) to recognize me like that.” O’ Gorman said. “I go there without a (scholarship) offer in hand, and these other guys have them and I’m beating them out.”
While Division-I schools may have overlooked him so far because of his size, there is no denying the impact O’Gorman has had on the field for his Hornets.
Last season, he finished with over 1700 all-purpose yards, averaging 171.8 per game, while spending time at receiver, running back, and returning kicks.
While the stats are nice, O’Gorman is most proud of his effort on and off the field.
“I’d give every single yard away to take my team to the playoffs this year.” O’Gorman said. “I’m all about team goals, not individual awards. My yards mean nothing to me in a loss.”
For a Weeki Wachee team coming off 1-9 campaign a season ago, a move to a new district might come as a welcome.
The Hornets move into a district that will include Nature Coast, Central, Citrus, Crystal River, Lecanto and Hernando, while teams like South Sumter, Pasco and Zephryhills depart after successful campaigns.
“I like playing the in county schools more.” O’Gorman said. “You grew up with these guys and those games always mean a little more.”
As for the team turning their season around, O’Gorman has already noticed a team making leaps forward.
“Our attitude is a lot better, and guys are in the weight room and it is really feeling like a family.” he said. “The leadership is better, guys are picking each other up, we are all focusing on that common goal of making the playoffs.”
Untimely turnovers and penalties helped derail the Hornet’s quest for wins last year, but with quarterback Alec Cromie now having a year at the helm under his belt, the offense will have more weapons to use at his disposal.
“Well you can never know what to expect from Coach (Mark) Lee and his playbook.” O’Gorman said. “I think I will play a lot more slot receiver this year, but it doesn’t matter where it is. If he asked me to dry towels to help the team I would.”
It is that kind of dedication to the team, that O’Gorman believes will finally bring the college coaches around to him.
“If the coaches from the colleges come around this year, they won’t be disappointed.” he said. “When they come I want them to see a kid who will work his tail for his teammates and coaches, because he loves them and respects this game. I might not be the biggest guy, but I will outwork anyone on that field. That is really all you can do.”
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