Is Penn State Best Fit for 4-Star QB Michael O'Connor?

Andrew KulhaSenior Analyst IIIJune 6, 2013

Via 247Sports
Via 247Sports

Michael O'Connor is the No. 11 pro-style quarterback in the 2014 class, according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings, and he's ready to decide where he wants to play football at the college level.

Derek Tyson of reports that even though O'Connor hasn't narrowed down an interest list (at least according to ESPN), he's ready to make his decision:

Four-star quarterback Michael O'Connor (Bradenton, Fla./IMG Academy) will make his college selection this Saturday, June 8. The 6-foot-5, 223-pounder has not narrowed down his choices yet but has offers from schools such as Missouri, Vanderbilt, Penn State, USF, Rutgers, Mississippi State and Syracuse. 

O'Connor explains his feelings on the recruiting process, per Tyson, and he appears ready to get it over with:

"The recruiting process is starting to wear on me," O'Connor said. "I've made up my mind and I'm ready to move on and get ready for my senior season." 

Even though ESPN says he doesn't have a leader, at the moment, it would appear as if Penn State has a good shot to land his commitment.

PSU is the only team listed with any interest on his 247Sports interest list, and 22-of-22 experts in the 247Sports Crystal Ball predict that O'Connor will commit to the Nittany Lions.

He received his offer from Penn State in early April and, as recently as yesterday, Penn State was listed as the favorite school on his 247Sports timeline.

Bill O'Brien's program certainly has to feel good about its chances of landing O'Connor, at least according to 247Sports, but is Penn State the best fit for the 4-star quarterback?

Aside from Michigan State, Missouri, Vanderbilt and Mississippi State, the Nittany Lions are O'Connor's biggest offer (247Sports). Despite the sanctions handed down because of the Jerry Sandusky scandal, O'Brien and his staff have done a remarkable job recruiting and, more importantly, rebuilding a new culture for Penn State football.

Many, including myself, felt that PSU wouldn't stand a chance on the recruiting trail or on the field because of these sanctions.

At least for now, many were wrong.

Penn State went 8-4 last season and brought home the No. 30 ranked recruiting class in 2013, according to the 247Sports Composite class rankings. So far in 2014, O'Brien and his staff have landed 10 recruits, including three 4-stars.

With quality recruiting classes, Penn State football won't be going away anytime soon.

The only thing that could be viewed as a roadblock for O'Connor is the presence of 5-star, 2013 quarterback Christian Hackenberg.

O'Connor is a big-time college football quarterback recruit and, at least from the outside looking in, there's no reason he wouldn't be a good fit at Penn State.

Hackenberg's commitment last cycle brought the point up, but O'Connor's high interest in the Nittany Lions' program solidifies it:

Penn State is not irrelevant in college football recruiting.

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