8 a.m., June 9)
Highly-touted, Orléans quarterback commits to Penn
Former Orleans Bengal Michael O'Connor has
committed to go to Penn State University once
he graduates from prep schooll next year.
been nearly a year since Orléans native Michael
O'Connor decided to pursue his football career south of
the border. After enrolling at Baylor Prep School in Tennessee
, he immediately started turning heads wth his abilities
both on and off the field.
to enter his final year of prep school after transferring
to IMG Academy in Brandenton, Florida last summer, the
former Orleans Bengal signed a letter of intent on Friday
to play at Penn State University where he will help to
rebuild the much maligned Nittany Lions.
State is currently struggling to survive a litany of sanctions
imposed by the NCAA last year in the wake of the Jerry
Sandusky pedophile scandal.
deciding to go to Penn State, O'Connor rejected overtures
from 11 other Division 1 schools. He made the decision
based on academics as well as athletics.
off they have a great business program," O'Connor
said. He visited the campus in the spring. "I'll
get a great education there regardless of what happens
on the field. The coaching with Coach (Bill) O'Brien,
he does a great job with quarterbacks and they run a pro-style
6-foot-4 and 223 lbs., O'Connor is described as a prototypical
pocket style quarterback with tons of potential. The only
knock against is his speed outside the pocket.
led the Orleans Bengals to the NCAFA bantam final in 2011.
He also quartebacked the Ashbury Colts to the Conference
of Independent Schools of Ontario Athletic Association
junior championship that same year before going south
of the border.
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