UPDATED 1: 23 p.m. ET: Of course, a short time after our previous update, Wisconsin confirmed via a press release that Danny O’Brien has indeed signed with the Badgers.
(Writer’s note: wink wink, nudge nudge)
“We’re excited that Danny has chosen to attend Wisconsin,” Bielema said in a statement. “The first thing we did when we were aware of Danny’s interest was to try and find out what type of person he was and if he would fit into our program. From our dealings with him and all the things I have heard from those who have been around him, he is a tremendous person and has great character. He had a fantastic visit and our current players who met him came away impressed. Having graduated from Maryland in just three years, you know right away that he is a smart kid.
“As is the case with any player who joins our program, we have not promised Danny anything other than the chance to come in during the fall and compete for the starting quarterback position. He understands that and is excited for that opportunity.”
The release also confirmed that O’Brien will be eligible to play immediately for the Badgers. After graduating from Maryland in May, O’Brien will attend graduate school at UW beginning in the fall.
UPDATED 1: 11 p.m. ET: A Wisconsin source confirmed to CFT a short time ago that “an announcement on a personnel matter” would be forthcoming from the school “within the next 24 hours or so.”
One current member of the Badgers however, didn’t feel like waiting that long to publicly welcome his new teammate.
“Danny o brien just messaged me this.. ‘let’s do this‘… it shall be done then my man,” running back Montee Ball tweeted shortly after 1 p.m. ET.
Well, based on the speculation from earlier this week, this certainly qualifies as at least a minor upset.
Citing a college football source, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel is reporting that former Maryland quarterback Danny O’Brien “is poised to transfer to Wisconsin.” O’Brien visited the Madison school this past weekend, one of at least four known visits to three different schools this month.
Two of those visits were to Penn State, one of which took place Monday and led some to speculate that new head coach Bill O’Brien and the Nittany Lions had suddenly become the front-runners for the QB’s services.
In addition to Wisconsin and Penn State, O’Brien has also visited Ole Miss since announcing his transfer from the Terps. Somewhat surprisingly, and at least based on what’s been leaked publicly, O’Brien has not taken a visit to Vanderbilt. The Commodores were far and away viewed as the “leaders” for the player, if for nothing more than the extensive relationship with head coach James Franklin.
O’Brien’s high school coach told CFT nearly three weeks ago that his former player would likely make his choice by mid-April, or late that month at the latest. A voicemail left for the coach seeking comment on this reported development has not been returned, although a source with knowledge of the situation confirmed to CFT that a final decision has indeed been made.
The source would not divulge the specific name of the school. Based on the Journal-Sentinel‘s report, however, things are looking good for the Russell Wilson-less UW Badgers.