O’Connor trying to recruit others to Michigan State; QB after Moeller WR

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Lima Cental Catholic QB Ty O’Connor

Lima Central Catholic senior QB Tyler O’Connor had visited Michigan State several times prior to
Monday’s camp, but never under these circumstances. Arriving in East
Lansing for the first time since spring, O’Connor is officially a
Spartan having verbally committed to the Green and White last month. He’s trying to get others to follow…


Lima Central Catholic senior QB Tyler O’Connor had visited Michigan State several times prior to
Monday’s camp, but never under these circumstances. Arriving in East
Lansing for the first time since spring, O’Connor is officially a
Spartan having verbally committed to the Green and White last month.

So while he always felt comfortable with MSU’s staff and players, this time was a little different.

“It was perfect,” O’Connor said. “The situation was great
considering there weren’t that many quarterbacks there and (MSU
quarterbacks coach Dave) Warner could focus a little more on me. It’s
great to see how he coaches, and obviously it’ll be a little different
with college players but all his points when I would have to work on
something made sense. I thought it was a great work out – Dantonio was
impressed, as was Warner.”

O’Connor arrived early Monday morning and had the chance to watch
MSU’s team go through its summer conditioning. He also had the
opportunity to speak with true freshman quarterback Connor Cook at length following the camp.

“I went in there and sat around with the guys when they were
working out,” O’Connor said. “I talked to Cook for 20 minutes after camp
and that was great. He said it was his sixth day on camps and said it’s
been a busy first week. He loves it and I was excited to see that –
Even though the workouts looked hard they’re there to work and get
better.”

With O’Connor now cemented as a Spartan, he’s hoping at least one
fellow Ohio native will join him in East Lansing. 4-star Cincinnati
(Ohio) Archbishop Moeller receiver Monty Madaris also worked out at MSU Monday, while O’Connor has been in his ear for quite a while.

“I think I’m trying to recruit him as hard as any of the players
that are already committed, and I take that as my job now,” O’Connor
said. “I talk to him a lot and he has my number. I also talk to him on
Facebook, so I let him know.”

In fact, Madaris wasn’t even planning to workout out during
Monday’s camp until O’Connor had his say during a Facebook chat over the
weekend.

“He just decided to at the last minute so we could throw a little
bit, so that made me feel better that he wanted to throw with me,”
O’Connor said. “I talked to him after and he was very complimentary and I
was very complimentary. I don’t think he’s making a decision anytime
soon, but I think we made an impression.”

While Madaris didn’t imply he’s an MSU lean at this point, he did reveal a promising top three according to O’Connor.

“Michigan State, Florida State and Ohio State … He told me that on campus yesterday,” O’Connor said.

The Buckeyes haven’t offered Madaris at this point, but have
expressed interest in the speedy receiver. Madaris told Spartan Tailgate
he ran a 4.44 40-yard dash at camp, and also caught several passes from
O’Connor during 7 on 7 drills. And while O’Connor is hard at work in
his new role as high school senior/college recruiter, does he believe
Madaris is getting the message?

“I do,” O’Connor said. “Not only me, but (2012 tight end commit) Josiah Price
has been talking to him a bunch. I know Michigan State’s in his top
three, and when you get in the top three it comes down to a gut feeling
and where you’re comfortable. But we’re doing a good enough job to get
him to at least consider us. I think we’re making him feel more
comfortable.”

It’s the same reason O’Connor decided to choose MSU over a host
of BCS offers, while his comfort level is even stronger following
Monday’s camp.

“Just how comfortable I feel with all the coaches is changing now
that I’m a committed player,” O’Connor said. “It’s getting stronger and
better, just like being around my coaches in high school – Being
comfortable is everything. They stress family at Michigan State and you
gotta be close.”

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