OH QB Tyler O'Connor talks recruiting

The Buckeye State gunslinger caught up with GoBlueWolverine to talk recruiting, the early contact with Michigan and his decision timeline.

Tyler O'Connor, a 6'3" 202 pound quarterback from Lima (OH), helped lead his young Lima Central Catholic teammates to a surprising and strong season in 2010. He fills GBW in on the season and his recruiting status.

"I would say I'm more of a pro-style quarterback," O'Connor told GoBlueWolverine. "I'd like to throw it first, but I still make the plays with my feet if I have to. I've been told I have a strong arm by many coaches."

Due to those talents, it not only led to a strong junior season for his Central Catholic team, but to a handful of FBS offers, including two from the Big Ten, plus a bevy of interest from other BCS programs.

"I have offers from Bowling Green, Toledo, Miami (OH) and Northwestern (and Michigan State). I keep in touch with Michigan, all of the MAC schools and then you have Indiana, Illinois, Clemson, Virginia, Vanderbilt, Duke and Tennessee has called my coach a bunch of times."

Although the Wolverines are currently keeping in touch with the talented gun-slinger, O'Connor isn't as familiar with the Maize and Blue as they are with him.

"I would say I'm not very familiar at all. I talk with Coach Darrell Funk. He came up to school and I talk to him from time to time, but I haven't heard too much after that. They sent a spring practice schedule and they want me to come up, and I want to see how practice goes."

However, should the Wolverines crank up the intensity on O'Connor, their overtures will certainly be heard and reciprocated.

"Definitely, I think hearing from all of the Michigan schools, I want to get up and see the Wolverines. It's a big time program to be a part of and I want to see what it's all about. If they were to offer, that would be huge. I want to be familiar with the program and the coaches."

Although being from the state of Ohio and being recruited by all of their rivals, O'Connor's surname blatantly gives away his favorite team growing up.

"With my last name being Irish, I grew up being a Notre Dame fan (laughing). But you learn to love where you're at. All that is, is just a team that I like, but I'd have no problems playing against them. It'd be very fun to play against them, and I haven't heard anything from them."

He will more than likely get his chance, with his heavy early interest from many schools. However it will be a little while until O'Connor is ready to sit down and make his pledge.

"I think what my parents and I have decided is best is to have my decision done by my senior season. But right now I want to see what's out there and best for me, and see who else wants to come after me."


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