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Report: Penn State QB commit may re-open recruitment

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Any time a coaching change takes place at a college football program there are bound to be second thoughts for a number of key recruits. Following the departure of Bill O’Brien from Penn State to take over as head coach of the NFL’s Houston Texans, one of Penn State’s key recruits in the Class of 2014 may be looking to re-open his recruitment with a month to go until National Signing Day.

According to a report by NJ.com, Florida quarterback Michael O’Connor has had what his mentor has called a terrible week and is not going to follow through on his original plan to enroll at Penn State in January. O’Connor is one of the top pro-style quarterbacks in the Class of 2014 according to Rivals.com and his decision to hold off on enrolling early could open up more recruiting pitches from other programs. As NJ.com reports, Rutgers could remain in the mix despite previously losing his commitment when they filled their quarterback scholarship spot with another player.

Victor Tedondo, O’Connor’s mentor and founder of the Gridiron Academy told NJ.com O’Connor just wants to make sure he is in a stable environment after playing for multiple coaches over the last few years. This does not necessarily mean O’Connor will not end up at Penn State, but until the school makes a decision on a head coach to replace O’Brien it is very much up in the air whether or not he decides to stick with the Nittany Lions.

“He does not want to walk into a terrible situation,” Tedondo said. “He’s looking for a solid spot. He wants to go somewhere the coaching staff is stable.”

One of the schools who has already reached out to Tedondo about O’Connor is Big Ten and Rose Bowl champion Michigan State. Rutgers has already made a call about O’Connor. Tedondo did mention there is one coach in particular O’Connor feels comfortable with. Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin, who is reportedly one of the top targets for the Penn State job, made a strong recruiting effort for O’Connor to join the Commodores. If Franklin were to be hired by Penn State, the chances O’Connor sticks with his previous commitment to the Nittany Lions would probably become more promising.

Whether O’Connor ends up at Penn State or not, and with whoever takes over the coaching job in State College,O’Connor would likely start out his career redshirting a year behind Christian Hackenberg, the Big Ten’s freshman offensive player of the year. Of course, that is assuming Hackenberg decides to stay at Penn State as well.

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16 Responses to “Report: Penn State QB commit may re-open recruitment”
  1. 8to80texansblog says: Jan 3, 2014 6:25 PM

    Universities should NEVER hire a specific coach because they might lose a recruit….

  2. onceuponatimeinsports says: Jan 3, 2014 6:31 PM

    The showers over there probably spooked him anyway….

  3. wingslax35 says: Jan 3, 2014 6:59 PM

    Oh wow, a Sandusky reference. I see you have no new material.

  4. irishdodger says: Jan 3, 2014 7:09 PM

    Probably too much to expect for today’s athlete, but this is the reason why a player should commit to the university first & HC second.

  5. canetic says: Jan 3, 2014 8:39 PM

    “Mentor”. LOL.

  6. ironman721 says: Jan 3, 2014 9:04 PM

    “Mentor” AKA… Agent

  7. raylangivens2 says: Jan 3, 2014 9:16 PM

    He looks like he should reporting for the 2nd semester of 10th grade in January, not college.

  8. musketmaniac says: Jan 3, 2014 9:30 PM

    wings leave once upon alone. the ncaa may be suspending the sentence, but cheap shots should fair game for at least three more seasons

  9. lbijake says: Jan 3, 2014 10:01 PM

    Like to see who Golden brings in as OC. Sure Hackenberg is wondering also.

  10. steve3211 says: Jan 3, 2014 11:19 PM

    Hackenberg is a sure starter for the future. Why would you want to go there

  11. dolphincritic says: Jan 4, 2014 9:59 AM

    I want to assure all PSU fans that Al Golden is good at recruiting. I watched him put a band aide on the UM program and lure some pretty good talent from an area where every major college in the country spend lots of time recruiting. This kid Hackeberg needs to look a little further down the road. Who was the last NFL QB to come from Penn State? This kid will get a very good education and will be able to network with many powerful and well-to-do alums who really appreciate his attending PSU, even though they are on suspension.

    Golden leaves a little to be desired when it comes to the Xs and the Os, but he is very experienced at stewarding a program through a suspension and maintaining sufficient talent to win football games.

    All of you boosters need to back off and be patient. You guys are rooting for a team at a university where your top leaders were indicted on felony charges related to sexual abuse! Forget the fairness or unfairness of this horrible mess. Support Al Golden – he is a good man- he will build back your sterling reputation, but it will take time and wins. Get off of his case and give him what he needs to succeed! That includes muzzling the Paterno family. They all know Al let him deal with them and then back his actions.

    If you haven’t figured it out yet, I am a UM fan not a stinking Penn State fan!

  12. wolfey112 says: Jan 4, 2014 10:21 AM

    lol……yea a university of Florida criminals and thugs at miami.

  13. wolfey112 says: Jan 4, 2014 10:23 AM

    a university of criminals for miami fan…..lol. al golden lol.

  14. ironman721 says: Jan 4, 2014 2:50 PM

    The Sandusky jokes are old and very disrespectful to the victims and their families.

  15. musketmaniac says: Jan 4, 2014 3:09 PM

    so if I come up with new material its peachy. and not all victims/n family are offended that I can guarantee you.

  16. stixzidinia says: Jan 4, 2014 11:55 PM

    All of you boosters need to back off and be patient. You guys are rooting for a team at a university where your top leaders were indicted on felony charges related to sexual abuse! Forget the fairness or unfairness of this horrible mess. Support Al Golden – he is a good man- he will build back your sterling reputation, but it will take time and wins. Get off of his case and give him what he needs to succeed! That includes muzzling the Paterno family. They all know Al let him deal with them and then back his actions.

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    “Sterling reputation”? Aside from the obvious elephant in the room that will permanently scar that University and leave it the butt of jokes every time a PSU fan tries to get atop any kind of moral pedestal ever again, we know JoePa’s “sterling” players were getting into more and more trouble over the last decade and that he was interfering with not only campus police but university administration to get his boys off the hook for transgressions ranging from theft to assault. Go check out the Outside the Lines episode from 2007 or so on youtube.

    I hope Hackenberg leaves too (and he very well might).

    And yeah keep a muzzle on the Paternos. And the Lubrano. And Franco. And his collection of JoePa cardboard cutouts.

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