For the last week or so, we’ve been focusing on the possibility of Houston quarterback John O’Korn transferring to Syracuse to become the future signal caller for the Orange. Well, it turns out that O’Korn may not be the only transfer option for head coach Scott Shafer, as former Penn State QB Michael O’Connor has hinted that Syracuse is most definitely on his radar.
O’Connor hasn’t played a single snap of college football yet, having redshirted last year behind two-year starter Christian Hackenberg. And now, the former Under Armour All-America selection, who was rated by ESPN.com as the 132nd best prospect in America (despite the fact that he’s from Canada) coming out of high school, is interested in what the Orange have to offer.
O’Connor is a pure pocket passer, standing 6-foot-5 with a reported 5.15 time in the 40 coming out of IMG Academy in Florida, where he played his senior season. For those keeping score at home, IMG is also the last high school for freshman basketball player Chris McCullough. Who knows, maybe now that he’s sidelined with a torn ACL, McCullough decided to try his hand at recruiting his former IMG classmate?
O’Connor was rated as the sixth best pocket passer in his high school class, and like O’Korn, he would have to sit out the 2015 season and would challenge – and quite possibly be expected to win – the starting job in 2016. O’Connor has three years of eligibility, O’Korn has two.
It’s still awfully early to tell how much mutual interest there really is between Syracuse and O’Connor, but considering his quotes about at least entertaining the idea, it’d be foolish not to send out some major feelers.
At the end of the day, considering where the Syracuse quarterback position was in the 2014 season, if the Orange are able to land either O’Korn or O’Connor, fans will be showing off their O’Face as soon as they hear the news.