Luke O’Malley is building a good case to be accepted by any college or university to which he might apply.
The Lassiter junior has a 4.0 grade-point average. His favorite subject is anything that has to do with math, and he has an eye on a potential engineering career.
As for extracurricular activities, O’Malley plays baseball, swims and is a jack-of-all-trades for the Lassiter football team playing linebacker (25 tackles, one interception), wide receiver, tight end (five catches, 86 yards, two TDs) and punter. In addition, he plays on the coverage and return teams.
“I played outside linebacker most games,” the 6-foot, 170-pound O’Malley said, “but I love tight end. It’s a dynamic position getting to block and be a receiver.”
O’Malley has also excelled at community service, which is why he is a finalist to become the Atlanta Falcons High School Man of the Year. He is one of 10 finalists who were selected from hundreds of nominations across the state.
The award, in its second year of existence, is based on the NFL’s Walter Payton Man of the Year Award, which is given to a player who has exhibited excellence on the field, and who proves to be someone who positively affects his community off the field.
O’Malley has done charitable things with his teammates including working with the Boys and Girls Club as a youth mentor, and helping to organize the annual Lutzie 5K, which celebrates the life of former Lassiter and Auburn football star Philip Lutzenkirchen.
Outside the team, O’Malley has done many projects for Transfiguration Catholic Church in east Cobb, and he helps with community endeavors for the Boston Consulting Group, a firm his sister, former Lassiter swimmer Shannon O’Malley, works for.
As somebody who represents the total package, Luke O’Malley was nominated for the award by Lassiter coach Sean Thom and the Trojans’ coaching staff. Earlier this season, O’Malley said Thom called him and his family into the football office to let him know he was selected as one of the finalists.
“It’s a huge honor to be a finalist,” O’Malley said. “I would be a huge honor to win it. It would look great to be able to put that on a resume.”
The junior was recognized by the Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium during the team’s game against the Detroit Lions the day after Christmas. That day, he was celebrated by the Falcons and the fans, a highlight video of his accomplishments was played on the stadium’s videoboard and he was introduced by the Falcons cheerleaders.
O’Malley will be recognized again Sunday when he and the other finalists return to the Mercedes-Benz Stadium for the Falcons’ season finale against the New Orleans Saints. O’Malley and a guest will be treated to the game in the suite of award sponsor Georgia Power, and O’Malley will be invited to attend the Falcons’ team banquet after the season.