Varsity Preps

Kosnitzky’s Korner: QB recruit Michael O’Connor will not enroll at Penn State in January


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As Penn State is experiencing a transition in their coaching ranks, an area of concern is the stability of recruits. According to, Under Armour All-American quarterback, Michael O’Connor will not enroll at Penn State in January as expected.  With Christian Hackenberg as the only scholarship quarterback on the Nittany Lion roster, this is a sad time in “Happy Valley.”


O’Connor is listed as a 4 star quarterback, and ranked as the 9th best quarterback overall according to The 6′ 5″, 225 lb signal caller shined at Bradenton IMG Academy under head coach Chris Weinke.  In his senior season at IMG Acadmy, O’Connor threw for over 1,800 yards with 18 touchdowns and only 5 interceptions.


When asked why O’Connor decided to open up his recruitment, NJ.Com spoke with Victor Tedondo, who serves as the player’s mentor.

He does not want to walk into a terrible situation. He does not want to transfer. He has been to three schools in four years. He started freshman year in Canada, he spent some time in Tennessee and some time in Florida. So wherever he goes, he wants to settle for good. He’s looking for a solid spot. He wants to go somewhere the coaching staff is stable.


Tedondo further stated that he believed Rutgers, UCLA and Michigan State were other possibilities for O’Connor as he will wait until June to announce his intentions. While Penn State may announce a new head coach in the coming days, it is not apparent whether it will impact this prospect’s decision.  We should know more next week. 





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