October 26, 2012
Spartans sitting strong with O'Connor
This summer one of the top prospects to stop in East Lansing was quarterback Michael O'Connor of Ottawa, Canada. The signal-caller has since moved to Baylor School in Chattanooga, Tennessee and his recruiting stock continues to soar.
SpartanMag.com was able to observe O'Connor on two occasions this summer. First we saw him perform at the Sound Mind-Sound Body Camp in Southfield, Michigan and then he was in East Lansing for the Spartans 1-Day Camp. At both events he showed an impressive array of tools for someone who will not graduate high school until 2015. We spoke with O'Connor about his transition from Canada to the United States.
"It's been going pretty well we have finished the regular season with a 7-3 record, O'Connor said. In terms of personally I think my transition was difficult at first, but is now starting to smooth out. The speed of the game was the biggest difference. I think now with a full season under my belt I am better adjusted and more comfortable with the American game."
Since coming to the United States several additional teams have offered O'Connor a scholarship. We asked him about his current offer list and if he has grown since the last time we saw him this summer.
Right now I am 6-foot-5, 208-pounds," he said. "Michigan State, Vanderbilt, Mississippi State, Toledo, Buffalo and Akron are my current offers."
Michigan State was sold on O'Connor ability after seeing him this summer and they offered him a scholarship shortly afterwards. We asked him about his thoughts on Michigan State University and how his recruitment has been progressing.
"Recruiting has been going well," O'Connor said. "I'm getting a lot more interest being down here especially from the SEC. I've been in contact with Coach Warner and I am also disappointed that the drive from Chattanooga to East Lansing is around 10 hours. I would've loved to see a game. As of right now Michigan State is my top school and regardless they will always be among my top 5."
The Spartans hope to have O'Connor on campus again in the near future. Depending on his schedule it is possible; he could make a tri up to Michigan State for possibly the Nebraska or Northwestern games. If the does not happen you can be sure they will invite him up for the Green and White game in the spring.
SpartanMag.com's Take: It is obvious that O'Connor is a top of the board prospect for Michigan State. According to our date he is the first player they offered a scholarship to for the class of 2015. Spartanmag.com has had to opportunity to see O'Connor and fellow 2015 standout quarterback David Sills in action on multiple occasions. While Sills is more polished as a quarterback, the physical skills are comparable. We fully expect O'Connor to be on that same type of level once he polishes up his mechanics and becomes more accustomed to the American game. O'Connor's upside at his age is as good as any quarterback we have observed in over 10+ years of evaluation.
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