O'Connor Once Again OK With Penn State

The IMG quarterback, who caused a few OMGs among Nittany Lion fans after Bill O'Brien left the program, is back in the fold. O'Connor announced his re-commitment via Twitter Sunday.

New Penn State coach James Franklin has been on the job just over a day, but he has already made significant strides on the recruiting front.

And the most important one came to light Sunday, when quarterback Michael O'Connor confirmed his commitment to the Nittany Lions.

Via Twitter, O'Connor said, “100% committed to PSU!! Wouldn't wanna be anywhere else in the country, feels good to be done with recruiting.”

Why was re-securing O'Connor so important?

Because with the transfer of 2013 backup Tyler Ferguson to Louisville, Penn State was left with only one scholarship quarterback on the roster. And while that one QB is a good one -- Big Ten Freshman of the Year Christian Hackenberg -- the program was counting on O'Connor to come in and be the backup.

O'Connor was slated to enroll at Penn State for the spring semester, which begins Monday. But the departure of former head coach Bill O'Brien, who was also O'Connor's primary recruiting contact, caused the quarterback to have second thoughts.

He considered delaying his enrollment, and it was reported that UCLA and Michigan State were among the schools that were back in play for his services.

But when Franklin was hired at Penn State, that proved to be a good thing in O'Connor's view.

A native of Canada, O'Connor played his junior season of high school football at the Baylor School in Chattanooga, Tenn. He was recruited by Franklin, who was then at the in-state school Vanderbilt. So the two already had a relationship.

“He's a great coach,” O'Connor told Scout.com.

O'Connor played his senior season at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.

He made the trip to Penn State Saturday, with the idea that he would enroll if he felt comfortable with the new coach. Apparently things went well, and he announced his re-commitment via Twitter Sunday.

From what we understand, he took the necessary steps to begin classes Monday.

O'Connor's re-commitment probably means the Lions won't have a shot at (or perhaps even space for) Vanderbilt commit and Scout.com four-star QB K.J. Carta-Samuels. A source close to Carta-Samuels told Scout.com that the California native is not considering a flip to Penn State.


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