The Missouri Tigers have spent their spring evaluation period searching out Quarterback prospect to possibly offer and add to their 2014 football recruiting class. It appears they have found one they like enough to have offered on Thursday night.
"I spoke to their offensive coordinator, Josh Henson, tonight on the phone and he said that they wanted to offer me," said Bradenton (FL) IMG Academy QB Michael O'Connor 6'5" 225 4.9 forty time. "Their running backs coach (Brian Jones) had been by school this week and spoke to my coaches about me, but Coach Henson is the first Tigers coach I have spoken with. He said that they watched my film and like that I am accurate, and that they liked that I am a big, tall quarterback who they feel would be a good fit in their offense."
The strong-armed QB is originally from Ottawa Canada, and spent a season at Baylor academy in Tennessee before transferring to IMG.
O'Connor said that the new offer caught him off guard a little bit.
"I was just surprised. Missouri hadn't been in contact with me really. It's always good to get an offer, and Missouri is a good program from the SEC. I thought it was great talking with coach Henson. He is a really cool, easy going guy who told it like it is. He told me that they play the spread, their last three QBs are in the NFL, and that they like to throw the ball a lot. I know they picked up the top receiver in the country a couple years ago. That's important for a QB to know he has that available to him. I can't say yet about getting up there for a visit or when that might happen, but I would definitely like to before I make a decision. I head back home in two weeks once school is over. We'll have to see what happens," he said.
The standout QB has seen his stock rise after a strong spring showing at the Orlando NFTC camp, where he won was named the MVP.
He spoke about the transition coming down from Canada to play in the States.
"It's tough being from Canada. It's hard to get looked at and noticed by a lot of schools. I have had to work hard and come down here. It was crazy coming into Tennessee from Ottawa. But they loved football there and SEC football is king there. So that was good. Things are great here at IMG and I have great coaches and teammates. It's obviously worked out well so far."
Finding a college is sooner rather then later is important to O'Connor since he will be a mid-year graduate, and be joining his college team in January.
"I would definitely like to make it this summer, probably in June if possible. I graduate early and would like to head into my season without it as a distraction. I am looking forward to being able to get in and participate in spring ball right away. I think it's gonna be a plus for me and whatever school I choose to be able to do that and get a jump on learning the offense."
He did not feel comfortable naming a list of favorites just yet, and said that he is still exploring his options, He did talk about some things he was looking for in a school he would ultimately choose.
"Great academics. A good football program and conference. A team that throws the ball and coaches that I like and get along great with. Getting a great degree is my main objective, but a chance to play in the NFL is an ultimate dream, "said O'Connor.
Finally, he talked about the type of QB that he was and what he would bring to the team lucky enough to land him.
"I would say being a leader. Being a field general and leader of the offense and team is very important. I'm big and can throw over my line. I can make all the throws. I have good footwork. I am accurate, and I while I am not a dual threat type, I can make plays when the pocket breaks down and I am athletic. I'm sneaky with my ability to run," he said.
Scout.com/Fox Sports Next recruiting analyst Jamie Newberg recently was at IMG Academy and had rave reviews regarding O'Connor.
"He's one of those guys that just picks up everything so fast and so quickly. We run an NFL styled offense and he gets it. You should hear some of the questions that he's always firing my way. He just gets it," said Weinke.
ShowMeMizzou.com will continue follow Michael O'Connor's recruitment by the Tigers.