Earlier this month Michigan State signed one of the top senior
quarterbacks in the state of Ohio in Connor Cook (Walsh Jesuit). Now
they have their eyes set on another. One of Ohio’s top junior signal
callers is on the Spartans’ radar screen and will soon visit Michigan
Earlier this month Michigan State signed one of the top senior quarterbacks in the state of Ohio in Connor Cook (Walsh Jesuit). Now they have their eyes set on another. One of Ohio’s top junior signal callers is on the Spartans’ radar screen and will soon visit Michigan State.
Tyler O’Connor (Lima Central Catholic) has been Central Catholic’s starting quarterback since the beginning of his freshman season. He has led Central Catholic to state playoff appearances the past two seasons.
O’Connor and his teammates made it to the state semi-finals and finished with a 12-2 record this past season as O’Connor threw for 2,516 yards and 27 touchdowns with just six interceptions. He rushed for 470 yards and 13 touchdowns.
The 6-foot-3 and 210-pound O’Connor has scholarship offers from Northwestern, Bowling Green, Toledo and Miami of Ohio.
“And I’m talking to Vanderbilt, Tennessee, Illinois, Michigan State and Indiana,” O’Connor said. “Clemson called a couple times. I’ve talked to the Illinois coach a couple times on the phone.”
O’Connor and his parents plan to attend the Spartans’ junior day on Feb. 27.
“We’re going up to watch the (Michigan State vs.) Purdue basketball game,” O’Connor said. “I’m not sure what else will be going on.”
Spartan assistant Mike Tressel has been in touch with O’Connor.
“Coach Tressel sent me a hand-written letter at school,” O’Connor said. “It said he had me as the No. 1 quarterback in Ohio.”
The junior day will be the first time O’Connor has been to Michigan State. He has previously made trips to Northwestern and Bowling Green.
“Northwestern is the only Big Ten school I’ve visited so I’d have to say they are my favorite,” O’Connor said.
Bill Kurelic’s Comment: O’Connor is an outstanding athlete who also stars on a very good Central Catholic basketball team that won a state championship during O’Connor’s sophomore season. I expect O’Connor’s offer list to grow and would not be surprised if it eventually includes Michigan State.