A couple days ago I mentioned that former Syracuse target and Houston quarterback John O’Korn, who was the AAC Rookie of the Year after throwing for 3000 yards and 28 touchdowns as a true freshman before stumbling a bit in his sophomore campaign, was looking to transfer. At the time, we all kind of hoped Syracuse would be getting in touch, and it turns out that’s precisely what’s happened.
According to an article by the Post-Standard’s Stephen Bailey today, O’Korn has interest in five programs, with our very own Orange among those being considered. Of course the rest of the schools mentioned are going to be tough to beat, with Texas, Florida, Miami, and Wisconsin the other schools he’s expected to reach out to.
O’Korn has already been in touch with four of the five schools, including Syracuse, and has been talking to offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tim Lester. To reiterate, Syracuse was on O’Korn a few years ago when he was wavering on his initial commitment to Houston, and at a time when Zach Allen flipped his commitment to TCU. It only made sense that, with the dearth of quarterbacks Syracuse will have by the time O’Korn becomes eligible following a transfer, they’d reach out to him again.
The good news is, he’s listening, and still very interested in Syracuse. That speaks well to the relationships he formed with Scott Shafer and the rest of the staff in the short time they were recruiting him. One other thing to note that Bailey mentions in his article is the fact that two incoming freshmen for the Orange are offensive line prospects from St. Thomas Aquinas, where O’Korn set plenty of high school passing records and played for Bob Casullo’s son, Rocco.
We will have to see how this all plays out, particularly based on the big time programs Syracuse will have to battle for O’Korn’s services, but simply getting included on his wishlist is a pretty great first step.
(H/T to Shelly Riter for alerting us to Bailey’s article on our Facebook page)