Top QB Michael O’Connor Commits To PSU
Adding on to an already impressive 2014 recruiting class, perennial quarterback recruit Michael O’Connor officially decided to make Happy Valley home today. The four-star Florida QB is the ninth-ranked pro-style quarterback recruit in the nation. He picked Penn State after considering a slew of schools including Michigan State, Vanderbilt, Missouri, South Florida, Southern Mississippi, Rutgers, Toledo, Mississippi State, Buffalo, and Akron.
O’Connor joins a Penn State team with much-needed depth at quarterback. Christian Hackenberg will arrive on campus this month, while JUCO transfer Tyler Ferguson already has some reps under his belt from the spring. Those are the only two scholarship quarterbacks on the roster. O’Connor fills a big void at the position for QB coach Charlie Fisher.
O’Connor currently plays at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, where he will graduate early in December of 2014 and presumably play spring football at Penn State. He formerly played at the Baylor School in Chattanooga, Tennessee after moving there from Ontario, Canada, where he grew up.
This brings Penn State’s 2014 recruiting class to eleven verbal commits, leaving the team with four more scholarships before they hit the sanction-induced limit.
Here’s a video of O’Connor working out from 247sports.com, exhibiting impressive mechanics, legwork, accuracy, and a smooth throwing motion:
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