QB O'Connor Set For Tuesday Visit

IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) quarterback Michael O'Connor has seen increased interest from Notre Dame in the last few weeks, and he explains why.

IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) quarterback Michael O'Connor was hearing sporadically from Notre Dame. There were caps in contact, and uncertainty whether the Irish were truly interested in the 6-foot-5, 210-pound Canadian-born prospect.

Then, Gunner Kiel decided to transfer, and O'Connor has found Notre Dame's interest to have increased markedly. So much so, in fact, he will be on campus Tuesday as he spends the week visiting Michigan State, Notre Dame, Penn State and Rutgers.

"It's kind of been on and off," O'Connor said of his contact with the Irish. "Now that I'm in the area, they invited me down to campus. And once Gunner Kiel announced he was transferring, they're looking for a quarterback now in the 2014 class. Since it was announced he's transferring, (interest) has been picking up."

O'Connor, who is from Ottawa, Ontario, played his junior season at Baylor High in Chattanooga, Tenn., but has transferred to IMG Academy.

He does not hold an offer from the Irish, but isn't ruling out the chance of one coming his way.

"I'm not trying to get my hopes up," he said. "I'm just looking forward to going in and seeing the campus and check things out. I hear it's a beautiful campus, so I'm just looking to have a good time and relax and go through it without any stress and enjoy the whole process. I'm not really concerned about (an offer) at the moment."

Instead, O'Connor simply wants to learn more about the school.

"I know they have been a historically good football team," O'Connor said. "I know they had a really good season last year, and they're known for producing a lot of really good quarterbacks."

He also said he is looking forward to meeting more of the staff. His recruiter is assistant Mike Dembrock, but O'Connor is looking forward to meeting with coach Brian Kelly.

"(Denbrock) likes that I can make all the throws, but I'm athletic, too," O'Connor said. "I'm not a dual-threat quarterback, but I can escape the rush and I can make a play with my feet if need be."

O'Connor said he has no leaders and doesn't plan on making a decision until the summer.

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