Michigan State tops LCC QBs list?

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Lima Cental Catholic QB Ty O’Connor

Lima Central Catholic quarterback Tyler O’Connor took a
visit to Michigan State Tuesday to check out the school for his third
time. He also holds offers from MSU, Boston
College, Bowling Green, Indiana, Louisville, Miami (Ohio), Northwestern,
Toledo, Vanderbilt and West Virginia. Michigan could be next…


Lima Central Catholic quarterback Tyler O’Connor took a
visit to Michigan State Tuesday to check out the school for his third
time. The 6-foot-3, 205-pound pro-style quarterback has now been to two
spring practices in East Lansing, and holds offers from MSU, Boston
College, Bowling Green, Indiana, Louisville, Miami (Ohio), Northwestern,
Toledo, Vanderbilt and West Virginia.

Several
teams are set to watch O’Connor throw Wednesday, including
Northwestern, Wisconsin, Duke, Purdue, Michigan, Cincinnati and
Vanderbilt. There is also a good chance that Michigan will offer him
then.

Boston College is visiting O’Connor May 2, while Virginia and
Illinois will be there May 5. O’Connor plans on visiting Michigan
sometime next week.

Spartan Tailgate caught up with O’Connor to see how his visit to
MSU went, and get the latest on the recruiting process.

Spartan Tailgate: Overall, how did your visit to Michigan
State go today?

Tyler O’Connor: The best part of it was I got to spend some
individual time with just myself, Andrew (Maxwell) and Travis (Jackson).
We went out to eat and then hung out a little bit before a meeting. The
rest of the day my mom kinda let me do everything on my own. She went
and got some work done and things like that, I was all on my own. I got
to meet with coach Dantonio and it was just me and him. I got to spend a
lot of time with him, it was sweet. Coach D put me in the huddle and
made me call one of the plays and things like that, I broke the huddle
for the team. It was sweet.

ST: What did you and Dantonio get a chance to talk about?

TO: He says I could be their guy at quarterback. He told me that
there would be three guys in front of me once Connor Cook
comes in. He told me that it would be a perfect position for me. He
likes everything I can do as far as fitting into their offense. He said
that they do have some running plays for quarterbacks but it’s more of a
pro style. He likes how I can sit back in the pocket and make some
throws if necessary. They also have a great running game to lean on and
he told me I would fit well there.

ST: Why did you choose to visit Michigan State today over
other schools you have offers from?

TO: It’s the school that has really stuck out to me. All the
coaches have always been good to me. Every time I talk to them, they
always have spoke highly of me. Ever since I went there the first time,
it’s just felt like a great place to be. Everyone around there really
does support the football program. They had a very successful season
last year, it just feels like the right place. Everything about it is
great. Like I said before, it’s a great school. There’s nothing wrong
with Michigan State at all.

ST: Walking away from Michigan State today, what kind of
impression did they leave with you?

TO: An even greater one. I still really like it a lot. They have
been up there at the top of the list with a few other schools. They’re
really up there and I really do like it.

ST: What other schools do you plan on visiting in the next
few weeks?

TO: I’m definitely going to visit Michigan, and Northwestern
again. Also all of the schools that are coming to watch me throw.
Schools like Purdue, Indiana, Virginia, Boston College, Cincinnati and
schools like that. None of those visits are set but those are schools
that are interested in me and are coming to see me. So I’ll probably go
and see them.

ST: Do you have any type of leader right now?

TO: I like Michigan state, Northwestern, Indiana, Boston College
and Vanderbilt. I also like Cincinnati a lot – They haven’t offered but
I’m thinking they will tomorrow. Also Michigan, I haven’t been up there
but I always hear good things about them.

ST: When do you plan on making your decision?

TO: If I feel confident in my decision I’ll get it done early so I
don’t have to deal with everything, like all the coaches and things
like that. People tell me it gets overwhelming. If I can get it done
early I will, but hopefully sometime before the start of my season.

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