Wisconsin 1 of 4 schools given permission to speak to transfer QB O’Korn


It appears as though new Badgers head coach Paul Chryst has identified the weakness (and it’s been a glaring one) on the roster — quarterback. Not only is Chryst about to be able to work with early entrant QB Austin Kafentzis, but he added another QB to the 2015 recruiting class in former Pitt commit Alex Hornibrook.

Wisconsin may be in the market to add a third quarterback to its roster though, as former Houston Cougar QB John O’Korn is looking to transfer. The Badgers just also happen to be one of four teams the Cougars have given permission to speak to, according to a report in the Houston Chronicle. Other schools on the list are Texas, TCU and Florida.

The Chronicle is also reporting that sources indicate O’Korn’s likely destination will be Wisconsin or ACC school Syracuse.

O’Korn was a highly recruited 3-star quarterback out of South Florida powerhouse St. Thomas Aquinas High School. Wisconsin was in on his recruitment during the 2013 recruiting cycle, but the coaching change between Bielema and Andersen put a halt to those talks.

As a true freshman, O’Korn lit up the stat sheet en route to becoming the American Athletic Conference Rookie of the Year in 2013. He put up 3,117 yards and 28 touchdowns that season, but things cooled off during the 2014 season.

O’Korn went from completing 58 percent of his passes to completing just 52 percent, while throwing for 951 yards and six touchdowns to eight interceptions. He was replaced as the starter after five games and thusly sought to transfer out of the program.

No matter where O’Korn goes he will have to sit out the 2015 season, and that may be the best thing for an already deep Badgers quarterback stable. Wisconsin will have plenty of competition in the 2016 offseason, as both Stave and McEvoy graduate following the 2015 season and Bart Houston will be a senior that year.

There hasn’t been an exact timetable for O’Korn to make his official choice, but it appears things are going to move fast as national signing day approaches for the 2015 season.

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