Last week while I was out, Tim Tolley asked whether or not Penn State should be looking at a quarterback for the 2014 class. While there is an argument to be made that with only 65 scholarships allowed, and a max of 15 per class, PSU should avoid taking a QB this time around with 6 on the roster this fall, it appears PSU is at least keeping their options open. One of the top pro style signal callers in the country, Michael O’Connor, was on campus earlier this week, and according to ESPN, is the only QB on PSU’s radar. He is yet to be offered, but it would appear that if the Lions take a QB in the 2014 class, it would be Michael.
247 gives O’Connor, who attends the IMG Academy in Bradenton, FL, 4 stars, and ranks him as the 12th best pro style QB prospect in the country. While the Lions have not offered a scholarship at this point, Michael does have offers from Michigan State, Rutgers, Vanderbilt, South Florida, and Mississippi State. The Spartans picked up a commitment from highly regarded QB Chris Durkin on Thursday, and it would seem doubtful Dantonio will take a 2nd QB in this class.
Michael has no timetable for a decision, and is currently visiting a number of northern schools. Prior to stopping by PSU’s practice Wednesday, he was in South Bend and East Lansing, and spent Thursday at Rutgers. If he does pick up an offer from Penn State, the native Canadian would have a friend working to pull him to Happy Valley. Fellow Canadian Akeel Lynch and O’Connor share a trainer, and have become good friends over the past year.