Newest Nittany Lion QB commit from Ottawa

Ottawa pivot O’Connor commits to NCAA’s Nittany Lions

After months of serious consideration and lots of attention, Michael O’Connor has come to his decision.

The 6’5, 233 pound quarterback from Ottawa, Ontario has announced at a press conference earlier this afternoon that he has verbally committed to Penn State Nittany Lions for the 2014 NCAA season. The Nittany Lions were the front runners in the O’Connor sweepstakes.  Equally, O’Connor was at the top quarterback that Penn State was actively recruiting.

Back in March, the Ontario pivot visited the school.  Two weeks after the visit, the NCAA Division 1, Big Ten Conference team made an offer.  Other schools that were in contention for O’Connor include Missouri, Rutgers, Notre Dame, Michigan State, Alabama and Arkansas.

With his commitment, Penn State now appears to have an All-Canadian backfield.  O’Connor joins Nittany Lions sophomore running back Akeel Lynch – a native of Toronto, Ontario.

O’Connor has been playing at the IMG Football Academy in Braneton, Florida, where he is currently training with former Heisman Trophy winner Chris Weinke. O’Connor also attended Baylor in Chattanooga, Tennessee.  Previous to playing football south of the border, the Ontario quarterback suited up for the Ashbury Colts of the Conference of Independent Schools Athletic Association (CISAA), where he led the team to a conference title.  Additionally, he played for the Orleans Bengals of National Capital Amateur Football Association (NCAFA).  The Bengals won the league’s ‘A’ Championship in 2010.

O’Connor has been honoured for his exceptional play on the field throughout his career.  Those achievements include:  Colts MVP (2010), Championship MVP (2010), All-Star MVP (2010), top Junior player at the New England Patriot’s Football Camp (2010), top Senior quarterback, and player at Patriots Camp (2011), invite to the Top Prospects Camp at the University of Oklahoma and honours for his performances at NUC combines in Rochester, Delaware, as well as the University of Syracuse Camp.


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Top Photo Credit:  Victor Tedondo


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