|Michael O'Connor made his college choice before his senior year, adding potential depth to Penn State's quarterback position in 2014. Photo: IMG Academy (via Flickr)|
If there is one thing that can be said about Bill O'Brien's recruiting skills, it is that he can attract solid quarterbacks. With Christian Hackenberg highlighting the Penn State Class of 2013 and JUCO-transfer Tyler Ferguson also joining the program, it may have been a slight surprise to see the Nittany Lions already line up a four-star quarterback for the Class of 2014 this weekend. Quarterback Michael O'Connor, from Bradenton, Florida's IMG Academy, offered his verbal commitment to Penn State to give Penn State a little more depth at a key position.
So, what is Penn State getting in O'Conner? [Lions 247]
Breaking down O'Conner [Fight On State ($)]
Penn State's quarterback depth is a logical concern for the 2013 season following the transfer of Steven Bench to South Florida. The competition for the starting job this season will be between Hackenberg and Ferguson, but neither have any division one experience of course and this could be a little bit of a work in progress this fall. O'Conner is saying he will be given a chance to compete right away once he arrives (he intends to enroll early ($) to be eligible for spring practices), although right now I would be surprised if he manages to beat out Hackenberg or Ferguson for 2014.
Regardless, Penn State is quickly adding some depth to the position, and the hope is that with proper coaching they may be able to hold on to this stock pile of quarterbacks. Since 2008 Penn State has seen five quarterbacks transfer out of the program (Pat Devlin, Kevin Newsome, Rob Bolden, Paul Jones and Bench).
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