O'Connor Recaps Notre Dame Visit

IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) quarterback Michael O'Connor goes in-depth on his visit to Notre Dame, and where things stand in the quest to land an offer.

The way Michael O'Connor's sees it, Notre Dame wasn't in the market for a quarterback in the 2014 class until the Gunner Kiel decided to transfer.

So, now the Irish are in the identification stage of which quarterbacks to offer, and O'Connor figures he is in contention to land an offer.

The 6-foot-5, 215-pound O'Connor, who is from Ottawa (Ont.) but attends IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.), said during his Tuesday visit to campus he got the sense the Irish were genuinely interested.

"I got the sense they were feeling out some quarterbacks," O'Connor said. "But I feel like I'm among the top quarterbacks on the list, and we'll take it from there."

The next step seems to be Notre Dame offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Chuck Martin traveling to Florida to watch O'Connor throw in spring practice in May, and that fits well with O'Connor's plan.

He visited Michigan State, Notre Dame, Penn State and Rutgers on successive days, and his visit to South Bend, Ind., was filled with history.

"At Notre Dame, the campus was beautiful," O'Connor said. "It was really nice. The campus is really pretty. The football facilities are great and I got to meet with the offensive coordinator, so that was good. We talked football a little bit and I got to talk with the academic (personnel), and they have some really strong academics. That's something I like about Notre Dame."

O'Connor knew Notre Dame had a successful and historic football program, but he didn't know the level it reached.

"I didn't realize they had seven Heisman Trophy winners there until I walked through the front door and they were all lined up," he said. "That was pretty neat."

O'Connor said the locker room tour gave him chills, and made him think of the movie, ‘Rudy.'

"It was really of old school," he said. "It feels like nothing really changes at Notre Dame. Most teams are going to the new equipment, the new everything, but it's going to stay just how it always was at Notre Dame. That's pretty cool."

There was not one thing that stood out about the visit, but rather a collection of what took place during the discussions with the coaching staff, the tour of the campus, the academic meetings and the beauty of the area.

"It's a combination of everything," he said. "Just being the quarterback at Notre Dame, you're in the national spotlight right away and it's something big for an 18- or 19-year-old kid to handle. That's amazing. The history and academics, too, as well as football (stand out)."

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