SD Take: Tyler O'Connor

Tyler O'Connor has now added his name to those who have already given Mark Dantonio their verbal pledge in the class of 2012. Spartan Digest now gives it's take on the newest Spartan commitment.

On Monday night word spread that quarterback Tyler O'Connor of Lima (Ohio) Central Catholic had given Mark Dantonio his verbal pledge. Here is our take on the fifth commitment in the class of 2012 for Michigan State.

What To Like

One thing I've learned over the years of covering Mark Dantonio teams is his desire to have quarterbacks who are leaders on and off the field. Tyler O'Connor fits the bill posting a 3.8 grade point average in the classroom and making players around him better.

These are some of the same traits shown by current Spartans quarterback Kirk Cousins coming out of high school just a few years ago. While it's too early to predict O'Connor will have the same success of Cousins, you can see two quarterbacks with a lot of the same skill set in throwing the football and managing a game.

What May Concern You

Having watched O'Connor on film and at a recent camp the first thing you notice is his physical build. However, O'Connor is still young and has time to fill out his frame before arriving on campus. With this growth we fully expect a player in the coming months to show an even stronger arm with even more zip on his passes.

Bottom Line

There might be other quarterbacks that are more touted than O'Connor, however, he fits what the Spartans want out of their quarterbacks and has a few other tools that some of the currents signal callers lack. Remember, while Northwestern many not be considered a Big Ten powerhouse, they have shown the ability to pick solid quarterbacks recruits to run their system.

Tyler O'Connor has the tools to sit in the gun or go under center and manage a pro-style attack. When you add in his ability to manage a game and stay within his talent levels, you have a quarterback who can have great success at the college level.

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