Bill O'Brien's Recruiting Credibility Will Increase if Quarterback Michael O'Connor Commits to Penn State

By Barry Leonard Jr
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Michael O’Connor is a 4-star quarterback who is one of the top pro-style quarterbacks in the class of 2014. He’s close to making his college choice, and Penn State is one of the schools at the top of his list. If O’Connor chooses the Nittany Lions, it will be the second top quarterback recruit that head coach Bill O’Brien has landed in the last year.

Incoming freshman Christian Hackenberg is a 5-star recruit who was one of the best quarterback prospects in the class of 2013.

In the midst of controversy and harsh NCAA sanctions, O’Brien was able to land a solid class this past year, proving that top talent isn’t afraid to come to Happy Valley. His first recruiting class, which finished ranked 43rd according to Rivals, included one 5-star recruit and three 4-star recruits.

Behind Hackenberg, the most notable recruit in the class is Adam Breneman, who was the third-best tight end prospect. Breneman is a talented player, who will be a difference-maker for the Nittany Lions.

Some may have been surprised at how good O’Brien recruited in his first year, but he’s already proving once again that he has what it takes to attract talented players. He has an NFL pedigree that has transitioned smoothly to the college level. After an 8-4 campaign last season and a stream of top recruits, his recruiting reputation is rapidly growing.

Penn State has 10 commitments for 2014 and has the Nittany Lions ranked 13th for 2014.

If O’Connor does commit to Penn State, he will give a boost to a class that’s already one of the best in college football.  It will also add to O’Brien’s reputation as a great college recruiter.

Barry Leonard Jr. is a College Football Writer for Follow him on Twitter @barryleonardjr , “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on  Google.

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