Michael O’Connor

MICHAEL O’CONNOR Quarterback
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Home town: Bradenton, Fla.
High School: IMG Academy
Listed as: 6-foot-5, 223 pounds
Commitment date: June 8, 2013
Rated as: He is considered a 4-star prospect by Rivals.com, and Lions247.com
and a 3-star prospect by Scout.com

Of note: O’Connor had other offers from Akron, Buffalo, Michigan State, Mississippi State, Missouri, Rutgers, South Florida, Southern Miss, Toldeo and Vanderbilt. … He works on his skills with former Heisman Trophy winner Chris Weinke. … O’Connor was originally from Ashbury College in Ontario, Canada. He transferred to Baylor School in Tennessee before his sophomore season. He now attends IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.

In his words …
“The recruiting process was a great learning experience for me, and in the end, I am confident in my decision to commit to Penn State.”

“Coach O’Brien continues to recruit a standout collection of athletes, and I am both honored and eager to become an immediate contributor in 2014. In the meantime, I’ve worked hard this spring and can’t wait to take the field for my senior year at IMG Academy.”

In his coach’s words …
“He can process information quickly, and he understands the game,” Weinke said. “He’s got great feet. He’s got the ability to move around, but he’s not a spread type quarterback. He makes plays with his feet, throws well on the run and throws with great anticipation.” — IMG Academy coach Chris Weinke

“He’s very mature for his age and has a presence about him. I don’t say this a lot, but he’s got that ‘it’ factor. When he walks in a room, he demands respect, not vocally but in the way he carries himself. He does all the things the right way. He’s a 4.0 student. He comes to practice with the right attitude, and he stays after to watch film.” — Weinke

In his tweets …

Tweets from teammates …
From 2013 quarterback recruit Christian Hackenberg …

From Penn State running back Akeel Lynch …

Highlights from Nike Football Training Camp in Orlando, Fla. …

Some highlights from his days at Baylor High in Chattanooga, Tenn. …

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