Rutgers Offers Canadian QB O'Connor

Class of 2014 quarterback Michael O'Connor received a verbal scholarship offer from Rutgers today while on a phone call with the coaching staff. A 6-foot-5 Canadian quarterback prospect, O'Connor went in-depth on his scholarship offer from Rutgers.

Michael O'Connor has heard very little from Rutgers since he camped in Piscataway, N.J., as a freshman and was pleasantly surprised to receive a verbal scholarship offer today.

O'Connor took a phone call from quarterbacks coach Rob Spence and received his seventh offer.

"His phone call was the first I heard about Rutgers in a while, but I was very excited," O'Connor said. "I answered the phone and coach Spence basically said that they were really interested in me and they want me to help lead their team into the Big Ten as their quarterback."

O'Connor camped at Rutgers as a freshman in high school but lost most of his relationships with the program when coach Greg Schiano took a job with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Head coach Kyle Flood, however, saw O'Connor at camp while he was the offensive line coach and kept an eye on him.

"They blindsided me a little with the offer but it was a good feeling," O'Connor said. "It was great to get it. I'm excited to get a better relationship with their coaches. I think it can be a good fit for me with the offense they run and the chance for playing time as they move to the Big Ten. When I went there I was impressed with everything"

Originally from Ottawa, Canada, schools in the Northeast have a strong draw for O'Connor. His parents still live in Canada and would be able to see him play more often.

"That's definitely one of the factors that will play into my decision but it's not the deal-breaker," he said. "That's a plus for Rutgers though."

O'Connor does not have a lot of formal camps planned, he said. Training in Florida with his family in Canada, visits are not easy to schedule.

Michigan State already offered O'Connor, however, and will host him on an unofficial visit in two weeks. O'Connor also has plans set to visit Penn State. He will graduate high school in December and plans to enroll early after he chooses a school.

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