In early March, the Scarlet Knights offered IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) pro-style quarterback, Michael O'Connor. Thursday, the 6-5, 205-pound class of 2014 prospect will take an unofficial visit to Rutgers campus, NJ.com confirmed.
O'Connor, who grew up in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, played his sophomore year, domestically, at Asbury College where he threw 51 touchdowns to only seven interceptions.
He arrived in the states as recently as 2012, and as a junior, attended the Baylor School in Chattanooga, Tenn. There, he led his team to a 7-3 record and Tennessee D-II-AA playoff berth.
He has since picked up eight FBS scholarship offers including Rutgers, Vanderbilt, Toledo, South Florida, Mississippi State, Michigan State, Buffalo and Akron.
Next year, as a high school senior, O'Connor will help usher in IMG Academy's first year of competitive high school football. Previously, IMG specialized in the training of athletes for the NFL combine.
The Scarlet Knights' move to the Big Ten and utilization of the pro-set have assisted Rutgers in their recruitment of O'Connor. The big-armed quarterback, who just recently began to follow college football, will have the chance Thursday, to learn more about the most recent school to extend him a tender.
O'Connor boasts good accuracy, arm strength and stands tall in the pocket with his eyes down-field. He puts spin on the football, plays with effective feet and his shoulders remain square to his targets down the field. He already possesses collegiate-level technique as well as balance in his drops, and has the look of an elite quarterback prospect.
Michigan State is thought to be Rutgers' greatest competition in the battle for O'Connor's services.