With National Signing Day quickly approaching this week, VBR has taken some time to preview the five recruits who have already signed their letters and are currently enrolled at Penn State.
Quarterback Michael O’Connor is one of the best pro-style quarterbacks in the 2014 recruiting class. He was originally recruited to Penn State by former head coach Bill O’Brien’s coaching staff. He was set to enroll at the school in January, but hinted that he may back out of that after O’Brien left to coach the Houston Texans in the NFL. However, after meeting with new head coach James Franklin, whom he was familiar with from being recruited by Vanderbilt, O’Connor chose to honor his commitment and became an early enrollee at Penn State.
O’Connor, from the prestigious IMG Academy in Florida, is a 4-star recruit who had interest from schools like Michigan State, Missouri, Rutgers and Mississippi State. He participated in the Under Armor All-America game, an exclusive event that invites the top high school recruits from all over the nation.
Penn State fans were worried when O’Connor was thinking about not attending the school because at the time, Christian Hackenberg was the only quarterback on the roster under scholarship.
Hackenberg is entering his second season at Penn State, and is the clear starter after being named Freshman of the Year in the Big Ten Conference. That means that there is no rush for O’Connor. He can take the time to develop and learn so that he too can be as successful as Hackenberg has been.
With O’Connor now firmly on the roster, Penn State is set up for future success both on the field and on the recruiting trail. Talented wide receivers will likely take a long, hard look at the Nittany Lions, now that there are talented guys to throw them the ball.
Don’t expect to see much from O’Connor this season, but he has the potential to be a great addition in the future.
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