Hey, does anyone here remember John O’Korn? A couple years ago, Syracuse got in on the signal caller from St. Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale late in the game, after Doug Marrone left town and Zach Allen decomitted. O’Korn was already a commit for Houston, and after flirting with the Orange, he decided to stick to his original commitment. Well, guess what? It appears that he’s at least looking into the possibility of transferring.
O’Korn started as a true freshman for the Cougars and put up some monster numbers (3,117 yards, 28 touchdowns, 10 interceptions) only to lose his starting job as a sophomore after hitting a bit of a slump. This past season, he completed 52% of his passes for 951 yards with six touchdowns and eight picks in six games, including five starts. He did torch BYU for 307 yards and three touchdowns in his best performance of the season.
So today, when word came trickling out via Twitter that O’Korn – whose Cougars are undergoing a coaching change – has sought permission to speak to other schools, it got us ridiculously excited. Remember, it was Scott Shafer who initially got Syracuse in touch with O’Korn after Allen backed out of his commitment.
Another reason may be a Syracuse connection to O’Korn’s high school – the storied St. Thomas Aquinas. See, O’Korn’s coach was Rocco Casullo, the son of former SU assistant and recent Doug Marrone hater Bob Casullo. Bob’s other son, Jamie, along with Rocco, have been mentioned as possible additions to the Syracuse coaching staff now that George McDonald has left for NC State.
Who knows what will happen with John O’Korn, but this is potentially very promising news for Syracuse. The Orange made a strong impression with O’Korn, particularly getting into the game so late with him, and they’ve obviously got connections through the Casullo family. If one of the Casullo brothers winds up getting hired, it’s one heck of a good step toward securing a kid who could wind up being a two year starter for the Orange.
O’Korn has three years to play two, so while he’d have to sit out next season no matter where he goes, he’ll have two years left to make his mark. O’Korn is a 6-foot-4, 220 pound passer originally from Pennsylvania.
UPDATED to include his American Athletic Conference Rookie of the Year Highlights from 2013: