Nick O Leary
September 9, 2010 by staff
Nick O Leary, PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – (AP) – Contrary to many assumptions, the first name of the consensus No. 1 tight end recruit in the country is not Nicholas. It Nicklaus. Like Jack Nicklaus, the name synonymous with excellence in golf. However, when it comes to soccer, his grandson is on track to make his own name. And so almost every major college programs want to see Nicklaus – call him Nick – O’Leary wearing their uniforms this fall.
“Nick is very proud of his grandfather,” said Jack Daniels, Coach O’Leary to the defense of the Florida Class 4A state champion Palm Beach Gardens Dwyer High. “But when it comes to football, he does not want to associate with him. That is his grandfather who happens to be the greatest golfer ever. Nick wants to be his own man.”
The boy is doing very well in that department. Scouts drool over just 6-foot-4 O’Leary, under 230 pounds, and many coaches say their hand-eye coordination is among the best I’ve ever seen.
Help your golf game, indeed. O’Leary was to break 80 at the time he was a teenager. A round of even-par is pretty common these days, and once shot 77 in the Bear Club, the theme evil that his grandfather designed the Palm Beach County and a course that several of the best players in the world to call home. Put it this way: Do not always shoot 77 there.
“I never knew it would be thought of as the No. 1 tight end in the country or anything like that,” said O’Leary. “But now I’m here, I just want to be held. Keep doing your best. Dejan better.”
Miami and Florida State seems to be the top of the list of O’Leary, and Alabama, Georgia (where his father studied) and North Carolina are also very much in the race. O’Leary said he has no plans to make your selection to the end of the season of high school, hoping that Dwyer could get another run deep in the state tournament.
At one point, the state of Ohio – of his grandfather – was on the list of O’Leary as well.
Imagine, just three years before he enrolled in Dwyer, O’Leary was considered a view corridor. But when it came to Dwyer, coaches took one look at him and decided I had to play tight end.
Clearly this was the right decision.
“He was not the kind of first category last year,” said Daniels. “I remember every day. When he was playing 7-on-seven teams from Miami and all these teams around the state, put your best choice. People know him. He gets doubled together. He gets triple- together. Hits last minute. Cheap shots. It puts the best that everyone has, so it has to work harder than anyone. ”
That is the lesson that his grandfather taught him long ago.
When Jack Nicklaus Dwyer presented in games – and is a regular in the crowd – is a normal thing. For O’Leary, it is only the grandfather in the stands, watching along with the rest of the family. Most of the time, other viewers tend to respect the privacy of Nicklaus, “as well, knowing it’s there just to watch football.
Of course, the Nicklaus Company has a banner hanging on a fence at the school, along with several other sponsors. But there are no special favors, no special treatment. When O’Leary does something wrong in practice and not telling the team punt coverage – which serves as a punter Dwyer – that way the ball is sailing, begins to bark like any other player in that situation.
“I just do what I do,” said O’Leary. “Every day, I just try to improve. That’s all I can do.”
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