Considered to be one of the top in-state prospects, O'Brien has been fielding interest from schools such as Clemson, Notre Dame, and Virginia. Both the Blue Devils and Terrapins have offered scholarships, which has set them apart in the recruiting race.
"I've gotten to know the coaching staff at Duke and I believe in what they are doing there. They have have the program moving in the right direction. Academically, it's a great opportunity for me as well."
Over the past month, O'Brien has made a handful of trips to Durham to meet with the Blue Devil coaching staff in order to get a more complete picture of just how the rebuilding process is going under Cutcliffe. During these visits, O'Brien and his parents have gotten more and more comfortable with the staff.
"We've gotten to know Coach Cut on both a football and personal level. We've also had a chance to talk with Coach Roper as well. We've talked about football and we've just gotten to know each other. They are very easy to talk to and we've had both informal and formal talks. I feel like I have a very good understanding of the situation in Durham."
With such a thorough understanding of things in Durham, O'Brien seemed to be driving for an early commitment to the Blue Devils, but the offer from the Terrapins late last week may have slowed that talk down.
"With Maryland offering, it gives me another option to check out. I've been up there for their Spring Game this year, and I know about their program. I am going to visit them next week so that I can learn enough about them to make an informed decision. I am looking forward to meeting more of their coaching staff and touring the school."
With his immediate plans set, is it safe to assume that O'Brien could be verbally committed by next weekend?
"Once I get back from Maryland, I am going to sit down with my parents and talk about everything we've seen with the programs. From there I think it'll be time to make a choice and then I can focus on my senior season."
This past fall, O'Brien threw for around 1,900 yards and 15 touchdowns. He also had eight rushing touchdowns and was intercepted just six times.